For those of you who have been following me over the course of the last year, you will know that I have turned into somewhat of a book worm. After not touching a book for three years prior, reading is one of my favorite things to do now.
After finishing The 12 Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson, I needed something a little bit easier. In looking at recommendations from others, I came across How To Make Sh*t Happen by Sean Whalen. Honestly, it was one of the easiest books that I have ever read, but still incredibly powerful. I breezed through it in just one day.
The title is what stood out to me the most, and I knew I had to read it. I mean, come on… it’s a pretty catchy, eye-grabbing title – How To Make Sh*t Happen: Make more money. Get in better shape. Create epic relationships. Control your life. Do it now. Who wouldn’t be captured by that title?!
Summary of How To Make Sh*t Happen
Sean’s story is truly remarkable. He reached so much success in business early on in his life but had lost it all because of being married to the job. He lost his wife, his relationship with his kids, and his business. His personal life challenges were causing him to be resentful towards his job. Soon after, his resentment towards his job caused the downward spiral in his relationships. The two went hand in hand.
To gain back control of his life, Whalen created the CORE4. The CORE4 consists of power, passion, purpose, and production. In order to create a successful and better life for yourself, Whalen suggests creating daily habits that touch on all four areas and taking immediate action.
“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” – George Patton
Whalen believes the same. Life isn’t easy. Nothing about it is. But the investments that you make into yourself today will shape the person and the life that you live tomorrow. You are the only person who is in control of your future, so it’s time to start taking action to shape your future how you want it to look.
Here is how Whalen describes the CORE4.
Power (the body)
There is no excuse for not taking care of your body. Whether it’s exercising or diet, everything that you do is a choice. Going to the gym is a choice. Choosing to be lazy is a choice. Eating healthy is a choice. Consuming junk food is a choice. Everything that you do with and put into your body is a choice.
Your body is what houses you. It is what hugs those you love the most, it is what gives you the ability to move about the day, it is you. If you want to be successful, happy, make more money, and have better relationships, take care of your body. Your self-image and how your body feels on a daily basis is directly related to your business, income, relationships, and happiness.
There is no exception to this rule. You don’t go workout when you feel like it. You don’t exercise only when the weather is nice. You don’t workout only when time permits. You make it a priority and do it every day because of the benefits to it.
There is nothing that will distract you, annoy you, and frustrate you more than crappy relationships. The will only occupy your mind and take away any sense of happiness.
One analogy that Whalen uses is comparing the day to a full pizza. If you have a bad relationship, think of it as a slice of pizza. Throughout the day, you are going to be thinking about it, and it’s going to consume your every thought. That’s one slice of bad pizza being taken away from all of the good ones. Because you allowed it into your life, you only have so much of a good pizza left – a.k.a. your day. And if you allow multiple negative relationships into your life, a good portion of your day is going to be consumed by negativity.
The point is, don’t allow negative relationships into your life. Don’t allow a bad slice of pizza to impact your day.
Purpose (the mind)
Everything starts in the mind. From the choices we make to the emotions that we feel, it all starts from within our heads. As you think, so you are.
Whalen compares the mind to a garden. When you plant good seeds and harvest good fruit by watering, nourishing, and tilling the ground, the garden will grow into a beautiful one.
The same is true for the mind. When you inject positivity, knowledge, books, and tools to help create a strong and beautiful mind, your mind will start to reflect as such.
The best thing that we can do for ourselves is to plant good seeds into our mind first thing in the morning. Not when we feel like it or when we are experiencing the chaos that is our daily life, but immediately when we roll out of bed.
This consists of working out, consuming positive thoughts, meditating, studying, reading, really anything that you can do to create positivity and clarity. The more you do this, the more this mood will carry with you throughout the course of the day.
As Whalen puts it, how you do one thing is how you do everything. If you are lacking in one of the other three core principles, you are going to have a difficult time making the same amount of money had you found that balance.
There are those who have money but also work 20 hours a day. Because of their desire to work every waking second, their relationships suffer, nothing new or exciting ever happens in their lives, and their lives are quite simply miserable. Why? Because they work and forget to live.
Then there are those who don’t have money and don’t work. Because of this, their relationships suffer, nothing new or exciting ever happens in their lives, and their lives are quite simply miserable. Why? Because they don’t work so they can’t live.
It’s all about finding balance. If you want to make more money, get clear on how much you want, the things that you are going to do to get there, and how you can add value to your life and to those around you. If you don’t know what to do or how to start something, google it. Google is absolutely free and holds millions of answers right at the tips of your fingers.
Overall Thoughts and Review
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s doesn’t necessarily have the best use of language, but it is very powerful and insightful. There is no reason for not living the life that we desire. We simply need to be willing to overcome our excuses, to be intentional with our time and attention, and to do the work required to achieve our goals.
No matter where you came from, no matter how little or much money you make, no matter who has wronged you in the past, you get to choose whatever it is that you want to do in life. It all starts right now. From this point on, focus on you and follow your goals.
Personally speaking, this book was really motivating. It was direct and right to the point, which is exactly what I needed. That is why I would recommend that you read it as well. There is no fluff or sugarcoating it. It’s just straight and direct, and it helps to hold you accountable for where you are currently at in life.