The True Secret to Achievement is (Surprise) Your Time Away from Your Desk
I was raised to believe that hard work was the path to success. Born in America to immigrant grandparents, it is no surprise that a strong work ethic was instilled upon me at birth. It wasn’t until college when I studied Economics that I realized that wealthy people didn’t work harder. In fact, sometimes they worked a lot less than poorer people. Ironically it even seems that some may have spent more time on golf courses or at charity galas than behind a desk. It seemed they simply made smarter decisions, especially how to make more money with money, and built strategic business relationships that paid off. While my grandparents were living paycheck-to-paycheck and trying to get overtime hours to pay for things, I studied businesspeople who did not go to work every day but had learned how to generate passive income. They made money whether they worked or not. It seemed genius to me.
Yet this kind of lifestyle did not seem accessible to most people. After all, we were raised to go to college and get a job. The rich did not follow the same rules. As a business and career coach, I am always looking for ways to help my clients achieve more and shortcut their success. This led me to study in-depth the various ways to pursue wealth and here are some of my conclusions:
Work Less to Achieve More
Yes, that’s right! Fewer meetings, fewer emails, less busywork. Most people seem to get caught up in these bad work habits and some even consider this work in itself. But it’s not. Look at the big picture: What do you need to achieve? Approach your work like a game of chess: it is about strategy first, not the number of moves. Eliminate all the unnecessary tasks. Look for ways to shortcut all mundane tasks.
Do you know what the biggest creativity killer is? Busywork. Yes, all the drudgery and grunt work of the modern worker. If you know to accomplish more in your work or business goals, think outside the box. To boost your creativity, the best place is outside an office. Take walks, jog, hike, ride your bike, listen to music, visit an art gallery, or…