Tim Ferriss Says: Being Perpetually Busy is Really Being Lazy - Growth Freaks

Tim Ferriss Says: Being Perpetually Busy is Really Being Lazy

Tim Ferriss

He’s the entrepreneur and author of the best-selling books, The 4 Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, and Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. Tim Ferriss is one of the most sought after experts on living life to the fullest out there today. And he has a word for the typical Type-A entrepreneur, “Don’t confuse activity with productivity!”

Being perpetually busy is often just being sloppy with our time.

Ferriss addresses the default mode of many in the business world to always do more. “If I have a problem, do more. If I am feeling stressed out, do more.” He continues, “And while it might seem logical to increase output, indiscriminate activity is a form of laziness.”

The answer is not to do more, it is to be strategic in what you are doing. “If you don’t feel like you have time, you don’t have priorities,” he says.

Ferris takes delight in pushing back against a culture that worships “busy-ness.” He is going head to head with those that ironically consider it a badge of honor. He wants you to deeply question your activities: “Is what you are doing really what you want to be doing and should be doing?”

He wants us to know that we all have access to the same amount of time, whether we are a hard working janitor or the president of the United States. How we allocate time determines what our life is going to look like. The couch potato and the stressed out entrepreneur constantly crunching the numbers may have more in common than they think: laziness.

Let’s not be satisfied with busy-ness, let’s go for strategic productivity. These are the kinds of tools that titans use.

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Author: Rich Stevenson

Rich Stevenson leads a network of young leaders investing in church planting and missions around the globe (www.malachinetwork.org). He has authored 5 books, including Secrets of the Spiritual Life and A Voice from Home. For more information visit: www.richstevenson.org.