Cheat sheet for your MBA in the University of Life

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

The best place to start, is at the beginning, the alpha…YOU!

When dealing with life, we experience the world and reactions from interactions, as we are;

As within, so without

Essentially, this means that what we are thinking, feeling and due to the resultant choices, we make, we influence our physical state of being.


By starting with you, you start to create the reality you seek.

This cheat sheet is a means to guide you on that route.


Don’t be alarmed by the seeming magnitude of this task!


You are already dealing with most of it; and simply need to know where and what to focus on, to experience the life of your dreams…

and, as always, I believe in you!


The easiest way to eat an elephant is …?

One bite at a time ;) so that’s what we’ll do,

break things down into manageable sections,

that are clear in their function and objectives.


A functional life is about doing as much as possible, within your maximum capacity but without causing undue wear and tear (stress!).

It’s about being energetic and vital, well-rounded and on top of your game but yet applying the law of LESS IS MORE or work smart, not hard.

There are 12 main areas that require your attention and these are listed below:

(goal setting = objectives driven & outcomes based)


* Health – without this you have nothing


* Fitness – supports many other areas of ones life e.g. health & social


* Relationships (romance, sex & love) – consider

o Past

o Present

o Future


* Family

o Kids (immediate/extended/fostered/adopted)

o Parents (paternal/maternal/extended)

o Siblings (immediate/extended/fostered/adopted)

o Important others e.g. cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents etc.


* Intellectual – what you do to stimulate your creative mind?


* Emotional – what you do to make you feel better/good?


* Spiritual – how you connect to your ‘higher self’?


* Recreational/Social – what you enjoy doing for fun and activity?


* Education/Developmental – what you do to invest in your skills, experience and knowledge?


* Community/Charity – what and where are you giving back in time, energy & currency? This should be at least a tithe (10%) of your time and/or energy, and/or funds, and/or resources.


* Career/Work/Trade/Living income – this depends on whether one is employed or self employed. But taking the more complicated route, we will focus on an individual that owns & manages their own business (as there are more factors to consider).

These are the areas that would require focus for success:

o Customers both Acquisition and Retention aspects - what are we doing to attract business and how are we keeping that business?

o Marketing (annual plan & budget) - who is the target market, what do they need from your business and how can you communicate that to them?

o Budgeting & finance & cash flow - sometimes it's worth getting the help of a professional?

o Maintenance – equipment, fixtures, furniture, transport etc

o Staff – this will have it’s whole own category! Human resources is an industry in it's own right.