Note: This article first appeared on Bold and Determined on October 30, 2014.
There’s a contradiction of success that I don’t often discuss.
The seeming conundrum of being lazy and being a high achiever at the same time.
I often say I’m the laziest workaholic who ever lived, but I’m not conventionally lazy. I don’t sit around the television eating snacks and getting fat.
On the other hand, I’m also not a conventional workaholic putting in 16 hour days at the office and schmoozing with the top brass.
I always work and I never work at the same time. My work and my life are so completely intertwined that I don’t actually do any work, because I’m always working.
That’s the seeming contradiction I told you about.
I work every day, every hour, every minute, but my work isn’t real work. It’s my life.
I can’t not live my life and I can’t not work. Life and business are so completely intertwined I couldn’t take a day off even if I wanted to.
Every second I’m alive is another second I’m working.
But then again my business is the simplest business model in the world…
That’s all I do. I do it constantly, because all I’m doing is living my life.
I’m kicking ass and taking names across the world, I’m not drilling cavities or pouring concrete ten hours per day.
If I stopped working, I’d stop being me. I never go to work (too lazy for work) because I’m always at work.
I get guys saying they want to retire by 30.
I say “Why? So you can sit around for 60 years doing nothing?”
But not just any work – work that fires you up, work that drives you to achieve more.
There’s one more contradiction of success. It’s ok to be lazy and it’s not ok to be lazy at the same time.
Work can be terrible and work can be great. You can be lazy and work 16 hour days at the same time.
Lazy with benefit vs lazy without benefit
I told you I’m lazy, but I’m not lazy in the slightest. I just don’t do things I don’t like to do.
A perfectly reasonable reaction to doing something you don’t want to do is malaise.
A perfectly reasonable reaction to doing something you like to do is joy.
Sitting in an office all day working for someone else will make you lazy and give you no benefit. Working for yourself will make you rich and bring you joy.
So be lazy to work for someone else and don’t be lazy to work for yourself.
Working for yourself builds your bank account, it builds your character, it builds your future, it builds your mindset, it builds your confidence. When you succeed you feel euphoric. No real work required.
When you’re so obsessed with your work it stops being work and it becomes something else entirely – that’s when you’re on the lazy man’s path to riches.
And once you’re on you can never get off. You’ll reach a point where there is no difference between your life and your business.
The other day I asked my apprentice “Have you ever seen me not working“?
He said “no“.
Then I asked him “have you ever seen me do any real work?”
He laughed and said “no“.
It sounds like a contradiction but it isn’t.
I work constantly, but my work isn’t real work, it’s my life, so I work and I never work at the same time.
I started by just taking one step in the right direction.
I simply decided to be an entrepreneur. I changed my thought process from employee to entrepreneur.
When you make the change in your thought process, everything else follows.
Success, money, women, freedom. All of it. It comes to you when you believe you’ll get it.
But there’s another contradiction of success – you have to do more than just believe, you have to take steps to achieve your goal.
Belief without action is useless. Action without belief is also useless.
Doing all the hard work of building your business is as easy as anything you do in your day. It’s as hard as jumping off of a cliff and as easy as taking one step in the right direction.
One foot in front of the other, you just start today. You just start acting like a successful man. You don’t side-step, you make the step.
Picture not drawn by V. Pride. I’m too lazy to draw, so I worked hard enough to hire full time employees to make simple drawings.
If you plan for success you get success. It’s not “acting” if you’re going after your plan, it’s just fulfilling your destiny.
The dummies will call you lucky. They won’t understand that it’s not luck if you work every day towards a goal and then achieve that goal.
You’ll explain that and they still won’t understand. They’ll say “I wish I was that lucky. I wish I could catch my big break“.
That’s another conundrum of success – you work towards a goal, when you achieve it you’re lucky.
How do you get started on the path to luck and wealth?
That’s what everyone wants to know but it’s the wrong question to ask.
You’ve already started. You started when you were old enough to form thoughts.
Most people have just started walking away from what they want instead of walking towards it.
They think it’s a giant leap and they don’t believe they can make the leap.
But it’s not a leap. It’s just one step in the right direction. Then one more step. Then one more. It’s just one step like all the thousands of other steps you take in a single day.
Then one day they’ll be sitting around the water cooler talking about lucky Johnny who quit working and started living.
Why don’t people take steps every day?
Because they’re waiting for a step-by-step formula when all they need is a one-step formula.
They think it’s a huge leap to go from A to B in a straight line, so instead they go from A to A in a circle.
There’s no blueprint to success that everyone on earth can follow but there are habits of success.
There are steps. Steps in the right direction.
I can’t turn a loser into a winner, and I don’t want to…
All it takes is one step in the right direction. What could be lazier or easier?
Until next time.