The Other 8 Hours

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The Other 8 Hours Review

We all have 24 hours in our day. You sleep 8 hours, you work 8 hours but what do you do during your OTHER 8 HOURS? For Robert Pagliarini, it is during these Other 8 Hours that really defines what kind of person you are and the success you will acquire.

I recently finished his book called – believe it or not – ‘The Other 8 Hours’. Indeed, the concept behind the book can be summarized in a short paragraph instead of the first few chapters, but the book’s real value lies within the suggestions, guidance, and resources he shares. He takes a common sense and easy to follow approach filled with valuable nuggets of advice and motivation.

Pagliarini intermingles fascinating stories that captures our attention and uses them to guide us toward his main points. The stories turn into analogies and the next thing you know you find yourself nodding your head to his commentary. To spice it up, he even provides success stories and interviews by people who have ‘made it’ – that is, turned their hobby or passion into a serious line of income.

For an enjoyable read, buy the book. For a thorough run down, continue reading!

Marketing

Pagliarini biggest selling points revolve around three promises.

In The Other 8 Hours you’ll learn how to:

  1. Get More Time – Creating additional free time you never knew you had.
  2. Get More Money – The old methods don’t work and only frustrate you and get you stuck. “Try the new, highly effective yet unconventional strategies.”
  3. Get a Life – The other 8 hours ultimately determine your happiness and net worth.

These are some BIG promises. Does he live up to his word? Let’s find out.

Getting Started – The Concept of ‘The Other 8 Hours’

The book acknowledges that we all have the same amount of time in the day and most of these hours are already spoken for. The person you ARE is not defined by 24 hours, but by just 8. You are NOT the 8 hours you are sleeping, and you are NOT the 8 hours you put forth earning a paycheck. Who you are, who you become, the success you attract and the passions you live out are all done during the OTHER 8 hours.

He spends the first few chapters selling you on the concept of the other 8, but more than likely most of us will understand and follow by simply reading the introduction page. I won’t be spending time today selling you on the value of the Other 8 Hours, because people who read websites and articles such as this typically already do.

If you are among the select few who happen to be living out their passions everyday and making a living from it, I applaud you! For most of us, we have to pay our dues to ‘the man’ to receive our reward at the end of every two weeks of hard work – our paycheck. We all have bills to pay and stomach(s) to feed and most often we don’t have the luxury of getting paid to fulfill our passions. This is where the other 8 hours come in.

1. Get More Time – Killing Our LifeLeeches

What do you do during your free 8 hours every day? Are you spending it on something you are excited about? Fulfilling your passions and taking action? How do you take advantage of this time?

  • Do you squander the hours by watching 3-5 hours of TV per day (the daily American average) because you ‘deserve’ a rest?
  • Are you losing track of time staying on top of the latest news and trends?
  • Is social media like Facebook or Youtube stealing your time?
  • Are you sleeping more than you need?
  • Losing time from being disorganized?

Pagliarini describes these as Lifeleeches and by minimizing these behaviors you can maximize your Other 8. In the book he goes over 25 Lifeleeches and suggests various solutions (some more obvious than others).

2. Get More Money – Become a Cre8tor

Oh yes, he took it that far. He created his own trademarked term called a ‘Cre8tor’… and believe it or not, I think it’s rather creative. But what is a Cre8tor?

The Rules of Being a Cre8tor:

#1 – Keep Your Day Job – Take the smart approach. Don’t instantly fall in love with your idea and believe it’s your ‘cure-all’ for your life’s financial and workload problems. You are going to need a stable income to help get you started… getting rich overnight is the advertising pitch you’ll usually hear from salesmen at 3am.

#2 – Go Nuclear – Go nuclear is his definition for getting the biggest result for the least effort. Would you rather power your car with a gallon of gas, or a gallon of uranium? A gallon of Uranium could get you around the earth 41,000 times. “It’s about extracting the greatest results from the least effort. It’s all about using leverage and creating efficiencies.”

#3 – Know Your HABU – What is your ‘Highest And Best Use’? Focus on your strengths – your unique talents, skills, and know-how. I once heard someone say, “If you focus on your weaknesses, all you’ll have are strong weaknesses.”

#4 – Limit Risk – Plan on failing many times and have this be part of your learning strategy. It only takes the one great idea or action to make it big. Even after striking out, if you limit risk you can be sure to be up to bat again soon. Limit risk by keeping your day job, leveraging other people’s talents (and partnering with them), using other people’s money, negotiating everything (you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate for!), create a team, limit liability (be safe!), and make small bets which means starting small and starting slow!

#5 – Swing Often – ‘Cre8tors are painfully aware that strikes are inevitable. You will swing and you will miss.’ The more you try, the more the likelihood of success. Take as many ‘swings’ as you can and if you strike out, you’ll be better prepared for those curveballs next time.

#6 – Market – People really tend to fail in this area. Many people believe that if you create ‘it’ than people will come. This is just not true. Any blog or website can be an example of this, if they don’t know you exist… then you don’t exist. This website is a perfect example, for the first several months it brought in a few random stragglers per day. If you don’t plan on marketing the hell out of your idea, plan, company, or latest engagement, then don’t even bother – you might as well go back to watching TV or sleeping.

#7 – Monetize – When using your other 8 hours, he suggests you should have two main objectives – have fun and make money. You need to monetize – converting your product or service into money. Do you have plan? Getting traffic and attracting attention isn’t enough if it isn’t turning these ‘views’ into cash-flow. Turning popularity into monetary gain does not come from luck, but from a direct and active approach of converting your ‘creation’ into ‘dollars’.

#8 – Own – 99% of the time, you will not get rich from a 9-5 job. You are making someone else rich. True wealth comes from owning – as we’ll discuss in the next section.

What do you think?  Are you a Cre8tor?

Next Up: Your “How-To” Guide for Making More Money

This next part is where Pagliarini really creates his value. Sure, he can present thoughts to ponder, challenge your current mindset and strategies, and encourage you to take action. But where does one start making money? This is where it gets fun and you start taking some serious notes.

As a Cre8tor, you can sell:

  • Thoughts (Blogging, Inviting, Writing Books, Screenplays and Music)
  • Things (Starting a Company, Reselling, Affiliating and Licensing)
  • Time (Working for Stock in a Company, Advancing or Jumping Careers, Freelancing or Turning Hobbies into Income)

He spends the next 100 pages providing advice, guides, resources and strategies on turning something you enjoy into a profitable market. Spending a lot of time describing these techniques is out of the scope for this review, so if you find this review fascinating and eye-brow raising then I recommend you buy the book or check it out at your local library. This is where the value is at.

3. Get A Life

The final section of his book! By this time he has done his part to convince you of the value of The Other 8 Hours, he has driven ‘home’ his strategies for being a Cre8tor, provided hundreds of tips, strategies and resource for getting started today, and how to maximize your results with minimal effort. He saved the most important for last – defining a ‘successful life’. He recognizes that being rich is not the same thing as living a rich life. Sure, we want to make money but we also want to travel around the world and spend our free time with our kids. This section focuses on what ‘Get a Life’ means to you!

Could’ve, Would’ve, Should’ve

Not sure why this was the title for this section because he doesn’t really dive into a ‘conditional’ discussion.  Yet, it is more of a ‘do everything you can’ chapter.  Here is what he has to say:

“The ‘how’ of happiness is one of the most sought-after questions. Nearly everyone, from the great philosophers to modern-day psychologists, has attempted to solve the puzzle of happiness.”

This is his attempt to solve that puzzle.  Pagliarini admits that the following list of ‘Get a Life’ is not comprehensive, but should give you a good foundation. His list has much more details, but looks something like this…

A Little Less…

  • Regret. Why did I? Why didn’t I?
  • Fear. Eek, can I?
  • Laziness. People aren’t lazy, they are just uninspired.
  • LifeLeeches. They’ll suck your time and your life from you.

 

A Little More…

(we’ve discussed many of these topics…)

  • Growth. Being a better, fuller, richer person today than you were yesterday.
  • Experiences. Our lives are a collection of experiences.
  • Change. If someone says ‘You haven’t change a bit!’- This is NOT a good thing.
  • Forward Looking. Sure, live in the moment, but DO look to the future.
  • Mistakes.  Make a lot of ‘em. If you don’t screw up, you aren’t doing enough.
  • Fear.  Fear is good AND bad. Bad causes paralysis, good fear gets you moving!
  • Hobbies. Try new things! Swing and miss a few times.
  • Gratitude. “If you’re waiting for life to be perfect before you are grateful, you’ll be missing out on a wonderful gift”
  • Purpose. Most people don’t feel their purpose from sleeping or work, this is where the Other 8 Hours can help.
  • Direction. Direction provides focus and inspiration. Create goals!
  • Connection. We need deep relationships to be happy.
  • Learning. You should always know more today than you did yesterday!
  • Action. It’s about thinking AND doing. A thought without action dies a lonely death.

Find Your Pulse

This chapter is all about finding your passions, finding out what makes you tick, then make sure you keep ticking!  He has a six-step process that ‘helps you find your pulse’, and here they are:

  1. Embrace the Gap – Where you are now and where you want to be! Embrace them, feel the pain, and start moving towards them!  Gaps in the areas of relationships, health, finances, Career, etc!
  2. Create a Mantra – These are similar to positive affirmations and he suggests creating short phrases that are controllable, inspiring, realistic, and encapsulates your core beliefs and values!
  3. Identify Priorities – “There’s too much to do and too little time, why is why we need to focus”.
  4. Create Goals – Setting goals helps you focus on what we want.  They need to be inspiring, measurable, purposeful, active, controllable, and time-specific!
  5. Expect Setbacks – We will face setbacks, we will want to give up, and we will rationalize our desire to quit. Any goal will face challenges and disappointments.  You have to know this going in!
  6. Habitualize – The next chapter is dedicated to this one!  Stop talking and start getting!

Stop Talking and Start Getting

After cramming as many facts and strategies into your head as possible, the last pages really tries to push you to turn these strategies into action then into good habits!  Have habits that don’t benefit you? Yah, he covers these too – he calls them ‘habit creeps’.  Habit creep is “when you get stuck in a rut doing the same thing the same ways – not because they are efficient… but because we did it once that way a long time ago and nothing immediately bad happened.”

To start ‘habitualizing’, he provides 9 steps and supplies you with a detailed outline on how to create a ‘Goal Action Plan (GAP)’ and make the most of your time – you can find the outline on his website.  He reminds us that scheduling a very full day doesn’t equal a full life, and we shouldn’t get caught up in doing more, we should focus on becoming more.

Conclusion

I liked it and would give it 4 out of 5 stars. After getting past the first few chapters of fluff, I felt he released yet another quality book.  This review is fairly exhaustive and covers the primary concepts, but the real value comes from his examples, tips and tricks, and strategies which you’ll find by reading the book.

What do you think?  Do you like Pagliarini’s concept of being a Cre8tor? On this site, you’ll consistently hear me tote about the necessity and importance of taking action, creating constantly, and taking control of your time and success. Pagliarini’s concept of being a ‘Cre8tor’ is exactly that. He created an entire world based on a simple concept, added value, and marketed the idea more smoothly than Johnson & Johnson’s baby lotion. He is a living example of what a Cre8tor is.

For more information here are some links:

Buy The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini

– Visit The Other 8 Hours Website

– Visit Robert’s Writings on MoneyWatch.Com

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