Investing Time - Power Before Wisdom

  • Pathwork to Mastery: Mastery's place in Western Magick & Spirituality Part 4

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    Generally how far you get will be determined by how hard you focus/study during a period of time.

    • Interest: Reading, Study, Little to no Action
    • Hobby: Aimless Study & Action when you feel like it (.5-1 hr/wk)
    • Amateur: Purposeful study/action without commitment to schedule (1-4hr/wk)
    • Professional: Regularly Planned Study/Action fulfilling a schedule. (5-16 hr/wk)
    • Career: Primary Focus of your life. (Avg 17-48hr/wk)

    Additionally, it is important to recognize that while you are practicing something there is a difference between passive practice and active learning. If I go to work and do the minimum required to do my job that would be a maintenance level of effort and does not count toward actively attempting to learn and grow as I do my work.

    Generally to obtain a level of mastery requires a certain period of active learning:


    • Obtain Apprenticeship: 6 mo Hobby, 3 mo Amateur, 1 mo professional/Career
    • Obtain Journeyman: 2 yr Amateur, 1 Year Professional, 6 mo Career
    • Obtain Mastery: 3-5 years professional, 2-3 years Career
    • Obtain Grand Mastery: 10+ years professional, 5+ years Career
    • Obtain Adept: 20+ years Career


    Notice how I said “Obtain Apprenticeship”? There is a point of study where one has formed a solid enough understanding that people with experience realize you are doing more than mere dabbling. That your interest is sincere and solid... even if limited. That point is when people usually recognize you as an apprentice.

    Generally to maintain a level of Mastery requires:

    • Maintain Apprentice: Interest
    • Maintain Journeyman: Hobby
    • Maintain Master: Amateur
    • Maintain Grand Master: Professional
    • Maintain Adept: Career

    You only have so many hours in a week. People who sleep normal hours can schedule about 80 of them for work. For a period of about 7 years in my life I did so on and off. It is amazing what you can accomplish in 80 hours of scheduled work.

    Before I started Polyphasic Sleep I scheduled about 80 hours of ACTIVITY a week as well as 1 day of fuckoff time and one day of “do the work I feel like” time. However, this doesn't mean I have 80 hours a week of work time. Realistically it looks like

    activity - hour cost - remaining hours

    Total hours = 80

    Meditation/Reading/Spirit Talking Time (-5) = 75
    Ifa Training/Divination Practice (-5) = 70
    Gym Time/Prep 4 Day (-10) = 60
    Meal Time (-10) = 50
    Chores (-5) = 45
    Pre-Scheduled Events (-15) = 30
    Family time (-10) = 20
    Time available for projects (If not claimed by store customers or priest duties) = 20 hours!


    Unfortunately 20 hours a week to reach toward my dreams and/or build a business doesn't cut it. Thus it is common for me to use my days off to add another 10-20 hours of project work and steal 10-20 hours of project work from other things like family time, gym time, chore time or meditation time. This schedule is a schedule that affords me balance when I follow it. I have a very full life and feel grateful at all of the time and opportunities I have. However... how much time of this is available for maintenance or improvement toward masteries?

    1. 5 hours/wk of Ifa/Divination

    2. 11 hours/wk of General Magick Scheduled Study/Practice

    3. (unscheduled) 5-10 hours/wk of Ifa/Divination Practice/Study for clients

    4. (semi-scheduled) 5-20 hours/wk of Website Design & Business Management Practice/Study

    5. (unscheduled) 5-20 hours/wk of Store Owner Practice/Study

    In NONE of these am I spending the time/effort necessary for grand mastery. In few of these am I spending enough time for even mastery. In the name of life balance I am continuing my decision to be a Jack of Trades and master of few.

    A young man who is also studying Ifa recently came down for work. He is an excellent young man who is well studied in Ifa. I am his senior in age and time in faith and he treats me as such, but he is FAR more educated in the concepts, history and techniques of Ifa. We are both studying with Awo Falokun and this young man has a talent and love for Ifa that I can simply marvel at from a distance. The questions he brought forward to Falokun not only taught me what Falokun's response to the question was, but the very question taught me details of the practice I was unaware of. I'm sitting here plodding along toward eventual mastery and he is running full tilt toward it. I am helping Awo Falokun republish his books and I can barely squeeze 1-2 hours/wk in to read them while this young man has clearly consumed not only Falokun's books, but also other Authors. It is inspiring and humbling at the same time.

    However... I have made my decision. I am committed to only a specific level of focus and sacrifice, and I have to accept the consequences of that decision. I am on a very slow path toward mastery of Ifa (if I ever reach it).

    This article and being mindful of what level of commitment you are willing to express you can set realistic objectives for yourself. If you are a big talker (like I tend to be) these realistic expectations will help you learn to trust yourself about a project... and as a nice side effect people won't roll their eyes when you tell them your new goal.

    Coming Soon: Pathwork to Mastery: Mastery's place in Western Magick & Spirituality pt 5

  • Work Smarter, Not Harder: Hard Work Isn't Enough, Learn a Key to Wealth...

    Work Smarter, Not Harder: Hard work isn't enough, learn a key to wealth.

    We all know working 80 hours a week will not get you rich. So why is that common advice successful people give? Because it is an important component if you are doing everything else.

    Wealth comes from making good investments which end up paying out. We have 3 common resources. Our money, our ideas and our time. We can invest any of these to build any of these.

    Example. I can spend time learning. By doing so my ideas CAN become worth more. Alternately I can invest money into time (spending money to have more time). The question of investment is whether your investments are paying out more that you are putting in. Especially in the realm of ideas that can be hard to identify. Does your learning help you either learn more, have more time or earn more money? If so, then it was a good investment.

    As you make more and more good investments of time, ideas and money you get to where (if you are smart) you create free time, money or intellectual space to make new investments. In 1998 I set a goal for myself to have at least 1/2 of my time and monthly budget free to invest to either increase my wealth or to change the world in the ways I desire to.

    I made it easier to do this by keeping my overhead low. My family can survive comfortably on less than 2k/mo, but we can earn a lot more than that. Everything between what we need and what we earn is freedom to invest or live the life we want. Additionally I only need to work about 15 hours a week to earn my money which means I can (and do) spend over 90 hours a week investing or living the life I want. (16 awake hours a day *7 days a week =112 available hours per week.)

    The key here is the constant need to invest. If I sat back for longer than a couple months and didn't reinvest money and time I would backslide. My earnings per hour would decrease, and I would have to spend more time to earn less money.

    I'm constantly exploring how to expand my businesses, start new businesses, invest in other businesses, learn new skills and automate aspects of my life to free up time. Many of these investments are a waste of my time, but it only takes a couple minor successes or one big one to cause your free time and/or money to leap forward. My big win was my online continuing education business. I've had smaller wins with my computer repair and website businesses which helped me do the continuing education project. I leveraged the freedom of time and money from the first wins to work for other ones.

    What you don't usually see is the list of failures. I've had 2 computer businesses fail, five marketing companies fail, three computer game, software or app projects and six intellectual projects I spent hundreds of hours working on fail. I've lost tens of thousands of dollars to the wrong people and tools. I've failed to finish at least a dozen books and I've disappointed easily a few dozen people with failing to be able to do what I intended and started to do. That's not counting easily 3 explored ideas and opportunities a month which take at least 4 hours each to vet before I decide not to do them.

    I'm not asking for sympathy. All those failures and the future ones to come are the risk I chose to attempt another big win. My next big win could be tomorrow or it could be in years. I don't know.

    So is hard work and sacrifice the path to wealth? Depends on if you are making good investments which either increase your time, ideas or money. If not, no amount of work will make a difference.