American Author, Entrepreneur, & Public Speaker.
99% of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for mediocre. You are better than you think.
Effectiveness is doing the things that get you closer to your goals. Efficiency is performing a given task (whether important or not) in the most economical manner possible. Being efficient without regard to effectiveness is the default mode of the universe.
Don’t only evaluate the potential downside of action. It is equally important to measure the atrocious cost of inaction.
Emphasize strengths, don’t fix weaknesses. The choice is between multiplication of results using strengths or incremental improvement fixing weaknesses that will, at best, become mediocre. Focus on better use of your best weapons instead of constant repair.
Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all. When people suggest you follow your “passion” or your “bliss”, I propose that they are, in fact, referring to the same singular concept: excitement. This brings us full circle. The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want” or “What are my goals” but “What would excite me”.
Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.