When I allow myself to be lazy for a good length of time, I inevitably find myself buzzing full of energy, thinking creatively and with my mind swirling with ideas – at least for a short while anyway. During these times, it’s surprising how much I can accomplish in a relatively short period of time. And it is during my lazy phases that I tend to generate my best business ideas whether it be something to do with my school, another book or simply an investment opportunity which may have caught my attention.
It took me three years to get my English school off of the ground and running profitably. I could have done this sooner but there were other things that took up my time – other business interests and relaxation time, which I need. For every day that I work, I tend to take a day off as this allows me to relax my mind and re-channel my focus rather than scatter-gun my efforts over everything.
For me, being lazy doesn't mean being unfocused, motiveless, and unsuccessful. It’s quite possible to be lazy and still be focused on an important objective, to progress towards that objective, towards the realisation of your dream, little by little, step by step. To many people, the word lazy has all kinds of negative connotations. If you’re lazy, you’re a slob, a good for nothing, a loser, a quitter. It’s impossible for many people to believe that being lazy can result in success.
I have to admit that there aren't many role models out there to champion this crusade of mine. It appears that most successful people never sleep, survive solely on caffeine and display the characteristics of workaholics. But it doesn't need to be this way. I'm evidence of that. I live a life of leisure yet still manage to write and publish books when I'm not overseeing my language school.