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The Lazy Way to Success: How to Do Nothing and Accomplish Everything. Home · The DOWNLOAD PDF The Lazy (and Only) Way of Solving Problems. WARNING! This book contains ideas that may be hazardous to your present way of life. Widespread acceptance will result in epidemic. FAIRFIELD - Work hard all your life and you'll find success? Fred Gratzon begs to differ. He's written "The Lazy Way to Suc-. CCNS." The cover shows a man in a.
I've completely revamped my "latest" book that used to be titled Instant Athlete Instant Zone. It's now The Mentally Quiet Athlete. The actual text, however, is the same deathless prose as before. One of the great blessings about e-books over the printed variety is that if you want to change something, you can make those corrections without having to deal with a garage full of the earlier version. Posted at Well, not literally.
We hammered the tip of a screwdriver under the safe, slid a long piece of pipe over the handle of the screwdriver, and put a 2-by-4 under the pipe to serve as a fulcrum. By pulling the pipe down, we were able to lever the safe up a teeny-tiny bit — enough to slide a few pieces of paper underneath.
Even though only one edge of the safe was lifted off the floor a barely perceptible height, it allowed us to push the tip of the screwdriver under a little further. We levered the pipe a second time. It lifted the safe high enough for me to replace the papers with a magazine.
We then adjusted the lever and fulcrum angle once more and jacked the safe up enough to add a second magazine.
The pile of magazines grew until we were finally able to slide a pipe underneath. We repeat- ed the process at the other end.
Then, like two grandmothers leisurely pushing a baby carriage through the park, we effortlessly 41 We were elated. We felt invincible. We were con- vinced that we could build another Egyptian pyramid. Just the two of us. Two people using their brains accomplished effortlessly what seven people exerting maximally could not.
We did not avoid the job; we just avoided the work. We found the effortless solution. That single incident was a turning point for me.
From then on I knew there was nothing in life that could not be accomplished. It is simply a matter of finding the right angle.
And the angle for greater accomplishment, I have found, is always in the direction of greater ease and effortlessness. Success is inversely pro- portional to hard work.
This is true not just in moving heavy objects but in every- thing — dealing with peo- ple, products, money, situ- ations, thought, emotions,.
The basis of success is doing less. These people wanted to make life easier for them- selves. They wanted to avoid hard work. They wanted to do less and accomplish more. In other words, from my point of view, these folks were lazy. Think about it. The first person who thought of putting a sail on a boat wanted to get out of rowing. Is the converse true?
Are all lazy people creative? No, they are not, but they certainly have the right atti- tude to start. Now I would like to invite you to take your won- derful laziness and raise it to the perfected art form it deserves and advance the world with your creative genius.
Think about your new right hand — the computer. A computer used to fill an entire room, cost a million dollars, require shiploads of do-not-fold-spindle-or-mutilate cards, and need an additional room filled with refrigeration equipment to keep it from overheating.
Society progresses with steps that dramatically save doing work. Buckminster Fuller A major hero of mine is Dr. Buckminster Fuller. Fuller coined the word ephemeral- ization — meaning doing more with less. It was his vision that: The accelerating ephemeralization of science and technology might someday accomplish so much with so lit- tle that we could sustainingly take care of all humanity at a higher standard of living than any have ever experienced.
Your job is to multiply. Not that kind of multiplying. A merchant in need of your expertise brings you a calculation that he needs performed: Needless to say, you are without the use of Arabic numerals, as they have not yet been introduced into European circles. And, the hand-held calculator you ordered is back- ordered for another 1, years or so. Keep in mind this is a rela- tively easy problem.
The merchant could have given you a problem more difficult than 4th- grade arithmetic. Help is on the way. Galloping on camels across the desert are the Arabs in neighboring eastern Islam.
They have adopted from their eastern neighbor, India, the basic Hindu numeral forms including a completely new concept — the number zero. Eventually after anoth- er hundred years or more the new math will spread throughout Europe when Arabic and Hindu treatises on mathematics were translated into Latin in the 11th century.
Needless to say, this sim- plification has revolutionized the ease and speed of doing calculations.
Now our merchant can cut out the monastic middle man, giving you more time for prayers, and multiply times 9 himself. More got accomplished with less. In this case, more got accomplished with a nothing zero. The Digitized World The computer has made giant leaps for mankind by further simplifying the already simple Hindu-Arabic numerals. Now everything can be reduced to streams of ones and zeros — words, numbers, photographs, voices, music, sound, graphics, movies.
This is truly accomplishing more with less! German Laziness Have you ever heard of a German military leader who celebrated, even rewarded laziness?
What a preposterous question, you must be thinking. Given the overwhelming industriousness of the entire Germanic population since the beginning of time, it seems impossible there could be such a leader. Yet, there was. He is an anomaly, to be sure, but he definitely existed. And he was important.
Under his leadership the German military became the model for all modern armies. General von Moltke divided the entire officer corps into four distinct types, depending on their mental and physical characteristics: The officers who were both mentally dull and physically lazy were given simple, repeti- tive, unchallenging tasks. The officers who were both mentally bright and physically energetic, Von Moltke felt were obsessed with micromanagement and accord- ingly would be poor leaders.
Therefore, he never promoted this type of officer to the status of commanding officer of the German General Staff. The officers who were mentally dull but physically energetic, Von Moltke considered dangerous. To him, they were walking, talking mistake generators that required constant super- vision. Because they created messes faster than could be fixed, these officers were too much trouble and were dismissed. The mentally bright yet physically lazy offi- cer, our hero, is the type of person Von Moltke felt should ascend to the lofty heights of ulti- mate command.
Because he is smart enough to see what needs to be done but is also motivated by laziness to find the easiest, simplest way to succeed. And, of course, such an officer would never sully his hands with details, vastly preferring to delegate those concerns to the eager beaver types. Who thought up that absurd slogan? The answer is a weight lifter! And what glorious reward awaits the one who diligently practices this philosophy and endures all that strain and pain hour after hour, day after day, year after year?
He gains the ability to lift a heavier weight — so now he can start feeling pain all over again. Next Chapter Finding the lever where we accomplish more by doing less is the key to success. In the next chapters we will explore how to look for the lever and where the key to your success is likely to be found.
Then we will make hard work obsolete once and for all. Never again will you need to exert effort. Life must be lived as play. The mere thought of work makes my face twitch, my heart shrink, my stomach quease, and my soul consider immediate exit strategies. But if you want the type of success where you live life on your terms, where you are lauded and applauded, where journalists swoon to inter- view you, then be forewarned that no kind of work can deliver that for you. What you really need has nothing to do with work at all.
To attain that bounteous level of success, you will need to understand the value of fun, games, laughter, and frivolity. You need to understand the value of play. You will need to see 52 But as play decreases which means work increases. The conclusion: Stop working and start playing instead. That does not mean you should necessarily quit your job or leave your present business or career. It does mean, however, that you must cease working at it and turn it into play. Pure, unadulterated FUN.
Your work oh, God, I did it again should produce happiness. And lots of it. Any individual or business that wants great success must take the concept of play seriously. For that matter, play should be the only thing taken seriously. Play in the workplace is not frivolous, as the hard work advocates would have you believe.
Quite the contrary, play has enormous practical value. We will see that it is the basis of both indi- vidual and corporate success. Play allows the mind to flow without restrictions — to explore, to experiment, to question, to take risks, to be adventurous, to create, to innovate, and to accomplish — without fear of rejec- tion or disapproval. Having been intimately involved in the life cycles of my own businesses, I have seen what fuels growth and what causes rot. Fun fuels growth. Disapproval causes cancer.
Having fun is the fastest way to the goal because fun is the goal or at least one of them. Play with everything. Play with things, play with ideas, play with machines, play with co-work- ers, play with customers, play with words, play with food, play with fabric, play with paint, play with academics, play with money, play with music, play with science, play with technology, play with computers, play with kids, play with friends, play with grandma, etc.
Above all, play with what you are doing right now. They were just having a I think play is ball trying to get that collection of bicycle the most serious parts airborne. Inventors often have no idea what practical purpose their inven- tions will have.
They are simply caught up in the fun of discovery. Believe it or not, even Einstein was flabbergasted that someone Buckminster Fuller thought his Theory of Relativity had practical value.
Copernicus was employed as a clergyman at the Cathedral at Frauenburg, Poland, when he per- fected his epochal descriptions of planetary motions. However, his employers did not embrace his extracurricular astronomical observations with the same aesthetic enthusiasm and precipi- tously curtailed his clerical career. Galileo, though formally trained in medicine, found his joy and chiseled his name in history in playing with various objects to find their center of gravity.
Gregor Mendel, a cloistered monk, fathered the science of genetics through his hobby — gar- dening. To escape the plague, Sir Isaac Newton left his studies in the city and went to a country retreat. Bored, he filled his time playing with ideas about a universal theory of gravitation. While working as a clerk in the Swiss Patent Office, Albert Einstein wrote his most influential papers.
The Joy of Inventing Many inventions have been produced not in response to a specific need but because of the sense of craftsmanship or the pleasure in contrivance in the inventor. Richard Feynman was burned out. After reading the Arabian Nights for pleasure, he decided that he was going to do physics for pleasure just as he did when he was younger.
He vowed to play with physics whenever he wanted to, and without worrying about whether it had any importance whatsoever. That week a student was fooling around in the cafeteria, tossing a dinner plate in the air. Feynman noted the plate wobbling and the red Cornell emblem going around. He also noticed that the emblem went around faster than the wobbling. With nothing to do, he started to calculate the relationship between the wobble and the rotation of the plate.
It turned out to be quite a complicated equation. He showed it to a colleague who asked about its importance. Feynman told him that there was no importance whatsoever, that he was just doing it for the fun. Then I thought about how electron orbits start to move in relativity. And then quan- tum electrodynamics. It was play. It was easy to play with these things.
It was like uncorking a bottle: Every- thing flowed out effortlessly. I almost tried to resist it! There was no importance to what I was doing, but ultimately there was. The diagrams and the whole business that I got a Nobel Prize for came from that piddling around with the wobbling plate. Dirac, the physicist whose equation Dr. Feynman refers 57 Albert A. Michelson was the first American to win a Nobel Prize in science. Barbara McClintock won a Nobel Prize for her advancements in genetics.
I never thought of it as science. But fun is also the means to achieving the goal. In other words, success breeds fun, and fun breeds success. If the process of getting to the goal is fun, then you know you are on the right path. When you can say about your activity what Dr. McClintock said about hers, you will be well on your way to great success: I never think of it as work.
A playful attitude is essential for creative think- ing and a fun environment is a lot more productive than a routine work environment. People who enjoy what they are doing will come up with a lot of new ideas.
You will also find that fun is contagious. Everyone loves to join in when things are fun. Replace stringent rules and penalties with giving people the freedom to act creatively — within a shared framework of values and purpose. Create a nurturing atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable.
It will give rise to great creativity. Create a culture where people know they have the right to create their own destiny and to be accountable. This lets people be themselves and it makes it fun and exciting to be on the job. It inhibits creativity. Ancient Greek Insight Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play. Passion If you can find the work that you love, you will never labor a day in your life.
And nearly everyone thinks that the best way to get money is to focus on money. People will do almost anything as long as they get money for it. Unfortunately, as a result of this attitude, they sentence themselves to hard labor, which, as we have seen, will never generate very much money. Focusing on money is probably the most backward approach to becoming rich and suc- cessful I have ever heard.
Let me put it another way. If the main reason you are doing what you are doing is money, you will probably never make as much money as you want and you will never become great in what you are doing.
If you focus only on money, you will never be happy and fulfilled in life. Because you can never make enough money. Another reason why a focus on money is ill-advised is that money is so wretchedly unstable. Fortunes ebb and flow, inflation rages then recedes, international currencies whipsaw, not to mention the myriad other wealth-threatening disasters.
Nothing could be more frustrating and unpro- gressive than to focus on such fickle stuff. Interestingly, one opportunity that met these criteria landed in my lap a few months ago. But as soon as he mentioned it involved network marketing, I completely shut down. At that moment, another friend mercifully joined us. To my great relief, I was able to politely and elegantly and immediately change the subject. I thought I had successfully escaped. Allen invited himself to lunch the next day.
Now I love this guy. I love talking to him. And he is always welcome in my home. To my chagrin, I was wrong. He relentlessly pursued the dreaded topic over lunch. My blood pressure is normal, bad cholesterol is low; good cholesterol is high; and the ratio between the two is ideal.
My PSA is low. Nothing hurts. Why would I need a nutritional drink, I asked rhetorically? He was unmoved by my arguments and continued to pursue his agenda. To get him to finally shut up about his damn juice, I agreed to try it. I started two businesses. That busi- ness also got me invited to the White House. The second business catapulted me into the Big Leagues.
It grew to 1, employ- ees, to being declared the second fastest- growing company in America by Inc. Through all that, I never for a nano-second changed my attitude toward work. My worka- holic colleagues still accuse me of being lazy, or of always looking for ways to avoid work, or of only wanting to have fun. And to all their indictments, I readily and proudly confess my guilt.
Yet, the very attributes my dad and other like-minded souls condemned as character flaws have proven to be, to the contrary, rocket fuel to achieving stratospheric success. This is a controversial stand, I know. To share my point and bring happiness, prosperity, health, and fulfillment to others, I wrote this book. Instead I had a ball. You have your health. What do you want to work for? Why is the worker referred to as a stiff?
The workplace, a sweatshop or salt mine? The boss, a slave driver? The overall work environment, a rat race where, heaven forbid, dogs eat dogs?
And what is the way to succeed in this godforsaken activity called work? From what I can see, the main difference between the workplace and the chain gang is that in the workplace people perform hard labor voluntarily. Toiling for a slave driver?
In a sweatshop? Down a salt mine? Instead of succeeding through this kind of work, a person becomes unhappy, uncreative, stressed out, and sick.
And then, he dies young. Working is unnatural. Heart attacks, ulcers, headaches, alcoholism, drug abuse, broken fam- ilies, traffic jams, insomnia, and poor digestion probably due to racing rats after eating dogs are direct results of work.
The alternative is avoiding work altogether and, as a result, achieving results beyond your wildest dreams. The lessons of this book will show you the way to success — wealth, health, accomplish- ment, and fulfillment. They will also show you that the path to success is in the exact opposite direction of hard work.
John F. Kennedy While John F. Kennedy was cam- paigning in West Virginia for the presidency, he spoke to a group of coal miners. Laziness is the impulse to avoid work or, in a worst case scenario, to do as little of it as possible. This is an admirable impulse. We should feel proud of it, and nurture it, because this impulse is not only in complete accordance with all the laws of nature, it is the key to great success.
An individual who intelligently takes advantage of his God-given laziness can accomplish anything. God was very generous when he gave us the gift of laziness. God never ever intended for us to work. He, like every father, wants His children to follow in His footsteps — the path of not working.
When God created the universe, He did not work to do it. God is omnipotent. To think otherwise grossly under- estimates the infinite power and glory of our Creator. But that is not the best part. Most deli- ciously of all, after spending six days in what was obviously an entirely effortless exercise, God rested.
Since God created us in His own image, let us also express this magnificent blessing in our own lives.