If you want to be really successful you need to focus on doing great work and being world class at what it is you do. Top class performers produce results by developing a burning desire to give 100% to the work at hand. They are addicted to building exceptional organisations that offer extraordinary services and products to their clients and customers.
They are obsessed with growing, pushing the envelope and constantly looking for ways to improve in little increments. Compared to the mediocre people, or the company that does not care at all about the customers, which bombard them with too much information and too many choices. Top class performers focus on the needs and work smart at making sure their people are well taken care of.
Average people think about getting things done, regardless if it is correct or not. If there is a problem then someone else will fix it. Everyone passes the buck and very few if any put their hand up and take responsibility. They work aimlessly, running here, there and everywhere and achieving very little. It’s very easy to lose focus, to be busy doing things instead of being productive creating smart results. What is the use of investing valuable time, resources and effort into useless pursuits?
Top performers think constantly how to move from chaotic complexity to elegant simplicity. They don’t want to be wasting the three most precious resources time, talent and energy. They focus on doing the right things at the right time and real results. Top performers stay staggeringly focused on the biggest To Dos. They don’t let themselves be sidetracked with low impact activities but focus on the high impact activities. The results are always much better.
Cut away all the trivial stuff, use every moment of your time doing only the things that will produce the best results. Do fewer but better things. 80% of the results you produce come from 20% of your activities. Become exceptionally economic in your actions, do the few practices that generate the majority of your results and learn to do these really, really, really well.
If you apply these ideas to your life you will move away from days filled with stress and complexity to hours rich with productivity and simplicity. Unbelievably, because you will be doing fewer things much better, the result will be you will actually have more time. You can then use this time for your family, hobbies etc. Overall this will lead to a happy, fruitful and worthwhile life, and who does not want that right? Until next time I wish you peace, love and success. Martin Acton sensei