It is important to reserve 10 percent of your life for you, first. That’s right — first, not last. It is important to demand the same from our relationships, too. If we don’t live by this rule, we will be broke and unhappy in our relationships. Let’s look at the power of the 10 percent rule in terms of money. It is usually possible to save 10 percent of our income. In all but a very few cases, we frivolously blow at least that amount of money. Most people can’t even account for about 10 percent of their monthly income and expenditures. Even those with the lowest incomes will nearly always fail to account for the 10 percent. That 10 percent may be a total of the money we spend on cigarettes, plus the change we ignore or misplace, plus the soda cans we toss, plus the coffee drinks we purchase.
Think 'me first' for a successful life
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