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The Magic of Parkinson’s Law and Your Money

By Kevin Mogavero

Parkinson’s Law: “Work Expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

In other words, we’ll take all the allotted time available to complete a task.

If we’ve got an hour to do a task, we’ll take an hour to do it.

If we’ve got a minute to do the task, we’ll get it done in a minute.

For example, if you ask a student if they think they can write an entire term paper with citations in just one week, and get an A or a B on it, they would say no.

At least I would have; yet, I’ve done it many times, and that was before the Internet!

The Twist
Now, I want to switch gears, and talk about Parkinson’s Law in terms of Money.

The amount of money you have will magically be just enough (or just less) for everything you need.If you make more money, chances are you’ll still ironically only have just enough for everything you need.

So What
Statistics showing the amount of people and businesses who give 10% (or Tithe 10%) of their gross income are gross!

If you believe in God, then you realize that money you make isn’t really yours anyway.

If you believe in free enterprise, then you know that the only way to prevent the government from taking over your freedom of trade is by you taking care of your neighbor.

(If we did a better job of taking care of each other, we wouldn’t need the government to do it for us).

In either case, giving your first 10% is of the highest magnitude of good things you can do.

Call To Action
Give your first 10% and watch Parkinson’s Law in action! You’ll magically still have plenty for everything you need.

If you have a hard time giving when you have a little, contrary to popular belief, it will be nearly impossible for you to give when you have a lot.


Kevin Mogavero is a co-founder of “Six Degrees of Leadership,” a personal development company that empowers people to live their purpose and passion by building “Social Capital.”

A graduate of West Point Academy, Kevin served six years as an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He held a combat arms leadership role for his entire career, except one staff position, during which he obtained a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management. He also served in Iraq during “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Since the military, Kevin has worked for Honeywell as an earned-value analyst in the aerospace department, in Phoenix Arizona.

He started testing his leadership skills in the entrepreneurial world by starting several companies, to include a real estate company and a business mailing-address company. Kevin loves to serve people who have a yearning to create a better life for themselves and others. He is passionate about teaching people the importance of something that most take for granted: relationships.

Kevin lives in Phoenix with his wife and two daughters. Read and subscribe to Kevin’s Warrior Blog here.

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