What is your E:E ratio?

There has been much debate lately about the 1%. Meaning the 1% of the most wealthy in our nation.  I love the 1%, my goal is to be one of them. One of my many mentors that I have constantly feeding me in my personal development is Brian Tracy.  I really like his name, that is why I follow him, lol.   Additionally, he is a multi-millionaire that has built many successful companies.  He says that the E:E ratio (Education and Entertainment).  Meaning how much time a person spends on their Education and how much time a person spends on being Entertained is reflected in their earnings (income).

Question:  If this is true?  Why wouldn’t more people spend time on their Education?

Answer:  We don’t know!

That is the best answer I have.  I don’t know why people do what they do.  Here is what I do know, that I have personally found this to be true.  The more I spend on my education the more I grow as a person, a friend, a colleague,an employee, a mentor, a trainer, a follower, a leader, a person to bounce something off of, and yes my assets and income have continued to grow as well.

I guess one of the most important things I continue to learn is yes, all of the above is true, I have become all of those things in the previous paragraph, however, through the process of personal development and education I have learned that there is more.  A lot more.

See we all live in a box.  Maybe you like your box, if you do, you wouldn’t be reading this. BTW:  Some boxes are good. Rarely does a good idea just find you.  You must search.  So continue reading.  This box may be the box that you are currently in at your job.  You may ask yourself, I want to grow, but I am stuck in the box and I don’t know how.  This box is our belief that we don’t know how to get out of it.  We may not know what we would like to do?  Or we do know what we want to do, and the opportunity in our current box just isn’t there.  I have felt this way, and I am sure I will feel this way again.  That is why continued education is so important, it shows you that there is much bigger boxes out there.  That your box isn’t the only place you will have to stay if you continue to search, continue to develop, you will find a way to get out of your box.

So what is your education:entertainment ratio.  There are 168 hours in a week, 24 hours in a day, and the last time I checked we can only live our lives 1sec at a time.  So how much of your day is spent on your education, learning something new, or learning something you already know and learning how to apply it better?  The average American person according to Nielsen Research and Data, spends 34 hours a week watching television.

So we have 168 hours in a week.

8 X 5= 40 hours for work (most work more than this)

8 X 7= 56 hours for sleep

34 hours a week for television (average according to Nielsen Media)

Eating: 3 meals a day x 7 days X .50 (half hour for each meal): 10.5 hours

Social media: 2 hours a day average (maybe this is profitable for you): 14 hours a week

Drive time to work:  Average American 25 minutes to work: 2 hours and 5 minutes a week.

Fitness:  1 hour a day for 6 days = 6 hours

168-40-56-34-10.5-2.05-6-14= This leaves you about 5 hours a week left.

As you look at the above list, which activity consumes a lot of your time and is not needed?  I will let you answer that for your self. Where can you fit your education into your life?  Oh yes, and for those of you who have families, where is family time? Where could you spend more family time and still make room for some education time.  We each only have so much time in the day, we must use it wisely to get where we want to go, things just don’t happen, we must make them happen.


Brian Willett


2 responses to “What is your E:E ratio?”

  1. Lynda Avatar


    I just started listening to Bruce Van Horn’s Podcast, “Life is a Marathon” and he mentioned Brian Tracy’s E:E Ratio in the second episode. I work 40 hrs a week and almost every night I get home, eat dinner, watch many episodes of my favorite show off of a streaming platform until 11 pm or midnight, hit the snooze button a few times, get up 10 to 20 min before I have to leave for work, and begin my day exhausted. I’m in my late 20’s now and realize that if I do not make some serious changes soon I will be stuck in this miserable life I have created. Fear and laziness holds me back.

    I will work on dropping my cell/tablet and picking up a book and finally finish my degree.

    Thank you!


    1. bwillett555 Avatar

      Wow. Congratulations Lynda. You are on the right track. What you do in your spare time determines your success. Work 8 hours, sleep 8 hours (give or take) and then 8 hours of spare time. What you do in the spare 8 hours determines your success in life. Let me know how it goes and how I can help you. Brian

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