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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tim Ferriss Was Right, After All

Graphic by me. Balloon via and Woman With Juice via Freestockphotos.


It is hard to believe that you can actually work less and have more. But Tim Ferris was right, at least in concept. The "4-Hour Workweek" is an achievable ideal -- not a pipe dream.

Being calm, cool and collected frees your mind. It creates the space within which you create, innovate and learn. To achieve this state of mind, you have to "work" less.

(True creativity is a different kind of work -- it's the "zone" or the "flow" within which you achieve exponential gains.)

The free and sharp mind solves problems innately. Avoiding unnecessary work. Saving money.

Too often we look at busy people and think, "Wow, they must be so productive." But that is so not true. Crazy busy is a sign things are out of control, or that the person is unable to stop working - not healthy or balanced at all.

Other people make a living out of doing very little with the appearance of business. It is almost an art form to be typing away, shooing people off, looking very purposeful and yet having nothing to do and nowhere to go. It's actually an amazing skill.

Finally there are those who make no pretense of the matter. They simply don't do very much, they don't care who knows it, and they're glad to be left alone as much as possible.

The truth is we always need a balance of people to make the workplace hum. Some people do well at a busy pace, and that's fine. Others like to take it slow, and they're happy to do things that others don't have patience for. 

But we shouldn't mistake a mix of personalities for an acceptable level of drag. Unhelpful people, useless projects, initiatives that cost more than they benefit -- we should not be afraid to ruthlessly cut. 

Initially this approach feels painful. But in the end it benefits the person, the team and the whole organization.

* All opinions my own.