Achieving Success 101

In Success on June 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

The route to success lies not in how much you can do, but in knowing what not to do – especially the tasks which tend to obscure your mission.  Any task that you are able to do well should be delegated because you will easily recognize when the task is in trouble. Conversely, any task in which you have limited knowledge is more likely to be in trouble before you see it coming.  Coming from behind is never cheap or easy.

You must learn greater singularity of purpose:  do not be afraid to work hard, but avoid unnecessary work.  Find a way to leave less desirable work for others, understanding that there is always someone who will find the task appealing as a first step towards higher level tasks.  Ensure that what you do contributes to the advancement of your objectives, as well as providing opportunities for the advancement of others.

Unless you are a university professor, reading a book on management from beginning to end overdraws unnecessarily on your resources (though spot reading parts of a book makes sense, using the previously described process of building on an idea).  It reaches beyond your present goal.  This is not the first time you have discovered this example of this principle. Now act on it!

Sixteen-hour days are highly impractical.  People who are truly that busy are not getting anywhere (or are working inefficiently, i.e., the hard way).  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in an 8-hour day, most people only wok 4.8 to 6 hours a day. Anyone who works more than 10 hours a day will end up running on empty.

If you don’t understand your goals, you will not be able to achieve them.

Copyright © 2008-2011 by Tad Laury Graham

  1. It sounds as if you are sharing your life’s solutions too. Don’t you wish, sometimes, that we could begin our lives with everything we’ve learned instead of having achieved this store of wisdom after the fact? Well, at least after the fact for the primary learner. Maybe that’s the point of passing it on.

    Not sure if I still qualify as someone who benefits from reading a book from start to finish. I will admit I’ve learned to skip through a lot more than I used to.


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