How To Make It In America EP07: How to Architect and Structure Your Life to hit Your Goals and Live Fabolously(Higher Level Thinking)

June 10, 2014 in MAGAZINE


I was reading “Principles” by Ray Dalio who is a multi billionaire and he talks about a concept called the” two you’s.” In order to understand what he means let’s take a look at your goals. Are you hitting them? If not, why not? Who’s fault is it? Is it your bosses? Your Mom’s fault? Your Dad’s fault? Your friends? Of course not. As a matter of fact, you already know the answer; it’s your fault. But guess what? Today you are in luck because, I ‘m going to show you how to start getting closer to hitting your goals more consistently.Now let’s get down to business.


Now if you are going to start hitting goals more consistently you need to understand that there are “two you’s”. They are the “you” that is in the mix and the
“you” that can stand back a look at a situation objectively. Personally, I like to call it this the “architect, engineer, programmer” principle. Think about how a business works from a technology perspective. A business usually has computers, internet, wifi, and laptops, blackberries, iphones. The purpose of all these things is to enable the business to serve customers and generate profit from the value they provide. Who designs all these technological components to work together? The answer is the architect. He essentially lays out all the plans which also dictates who the company will need to hire to accomplish their net income targets. Once the architect lays out the plans then the manager and human resources can specifically hire the people who are needed to execute the technology architecture. So if you have blackberries you will need a black berry engineer, if you have customized applications you will need programmers. If you running Microsoft applications you will need Microsoft administrators. Without planning and architecting the system it is super difficult to know what the business will need in order to be successful…at least from a technological perspective.

Another example of this would be if you were a general in the army and your objective was to take a the hill from an enemy. You might need three infantry men, two snipers for long range shooting, and Jack Bauer from 24…hahaha. But’s it is up to you as the general to make sure you have the right pieces.

Now let’s tie this in to your goals. Think of yourself as the architect and you are putting your goals in a machine. How you design of the machine and the people who you leverage to make the machine work will determine your outcome. If you don’t reach your goals and you aren’t hitting a certain outcome you need to design a better machine. You may need to make adjustments to the machine or make adjustments to personnel until you will slowly move towards getting the outcome you really want. If you aren’t reaching your goals it means your machine needs some tweaking or some adjusting.

Action Plan: Look at your goals and look at the “machine” you are putting them in. What adjustments do you need to make to your machine in order to get closer to your goals? If you don’t have goals, now would be a good time to start. Do it now, Do it now, Do it now! If you like this content and want more like it then you need to click the link below and go to our page to subscribe. It’s somewhere on this page. Find it my friend. Talk soon.