Why Less is More in Business Success
Although success demands focus, determination and resilience, I challenge the notion that hard work is one of the requirements. If it were, we would have more success stories to celebrate.
There are two ways to achieve success in any project:
INCREASING is the conventional wisdom that many so-called gurus and sales trainers offer in their books and seminars: You just do MORE. You just try HARDER.
I personally have taken a quite different approach to achieving success in my business (and life).
An approach which has me perpetually trying to do less every day:
But call it coincidence (or call it something else)--there is no denying the fact that my approach (“the way of decrease”), which allowed me to stop working 60 hours per week, has had a similar or possibly better effect on my success than the approach recommended by the guys who bust their britches, work 80+ hour work weeks, and constantly try to do MORE.
My approach of “doing less” has launched my business forward, added to my quality of life, multiplied my earning, and done much more besides.
“But how?” you may be wondering.
When you constantly push yourself to decrease--working less time per week and using less resources--you force yourself to focus on the activities, practices, habits, and decisions which REALLY matter.
Because think about it: There’s no time to waste time when you have the intention to work fewer hours and running a profitable business!
Out of necessity you HAVE to ask yourself, “what is the absolute most important thing I need to work on to keep my business afloat and growing” - and then you ONLY have time to focus on those few things that really make a difference in your life and business.
Which has the effect of:
But let’s stop talking about this in the abstract shift to what it means for you practically.
Stop thinking about what you need to “add” to your life in order to be more successful.
Do you think that the likes of Bill Gates or Warren Buffet built their wealth by simply adding more work hours to their week?
No, the key to their success (and the success of the vast majority of highly wealthy and influential people) was in working smarter rather than harder.
They spent most of their time addressing the few things that really matter while procrastinating on the non-essentials. Most people busy themselves with the non-essentials and devote only a fraction of their time and attention to the things that really matter.
And the easiest way to find those activities that “really matter” for the growth and success of your business?
Then focus (some of) the freed-up time you have on THOSE few things that really matter.
I think you will be amazed at how this mindset of “what can I decrease” will actually end up adding things to your life and business.
Not to mention, you'll also have far more free time to take walks, eat wonderful cuisine, travel, spend time with friends and actually SAVOR this glorious life you have been given.
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