Pumps Versus Drains

Several years ago I came across this terrific article that strongly resonated with me. Writing like this appeals to me because it meets the criteria I most value: smart, practical, applicable, interesting and concise. I don’t know who wrote it but I hope you find value in this short read. Pass it on if you like it and let me know what you think. PK


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Traditionally, business / financial gurus talk about pumps and drains in reference to money in vs. money out.

Pumps = Things that make you money
Drains = Things that cost you money

It’s a very simple way of evaluating your money situation. In order to become financially fit, your pumps must drastically exceed your drains. If this is not the case, you must work to eliminate your drains and create more pumps. It’s a simple and very effective concept that anyone can follow to evaluate his or her current financial status and plan for a better future.

With that said, I found that applying the concept of pumps vs. drains has helped me in other, non-financial ways as well.

We can use this concept with our diet and nutritional habits.

Pumps = healthy food that gives you vital energy
Drains = Junk food that pulls down our vital energy

Looking at food in this manner adds a new perspective on the food that we eat everyday and can help us make better nutritional decisions.

Another valuable way that we can use this concept of pumps and drains is to look at the effect we have on others and the effect that others have on use.

Pumps = People that are positive and give off positive energy
Drains = People that drain energy or give off negative energy

If we are positive, we give off positive energy and therefore create a positive environment that people want to be in. On the other hand, if we are a drain, we make ourselves and everyone around us miserable.

I have made a rule for myself to not only be as positive minded as possible but to eliminate the negativity and negative people in both my personal and social life.

The rule is simple:

If you’re a pump of positive energy, you’re in! If you’re a drain of energy, you’re out!

I have always been a happy person but have found that I’m even a happier person now that I have eliminated the negativity in my life. As you can see the concept of pumps vs. drains is a valuable concept to apply in all aspects of your life.

Put it to work for you and reap the benefits of better financial and physical wellness.