Do Less, Achieve More
The Tao does nothing, yet leaves nothing undone.
‘Life is a battle’. If you think that way, it will become a battle for you. In fact, you might fight and accomplish nothing.
On this website, I exclusively share what I have experienced. I am not interested in regurgitating other people’s experiences. Thus, here is my conclusion.
I have tried the life is battle approach and it did not work for me. It felt like I was going upstream exerting tremendous effort and yet I received resistance.
Furthermore it prevented me to get to my goal faster. On the other hand, when I trusted my intuition, and eased back I attained success a lot faster.
The Lao Tzu words in the beginning of the article mean that all parts of a whole must synchronize in order to accomplish something.
Upstream Effort vs Intuitive Work
In Chinese the word ” busy” comprise two hieroglyphs – “heart” and “death”. It denotes the death of hear or the absence of peace within you.
If we value ourselves by how busy we are, the heart inevitably dies. Do we stay busy not to feel emptiness?
Do we occupy ourselves not to deal with fear? Does it make us cowards that we are afraid to pause and follow our intuition?
You need to be internally in balance in order to succeed. No amount of busy work can return you to balance. You need to pause and to connect to the soul, or, to simply put it, we need to become present.
The Pareto Principle – 80/20
The Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, is a theory maintaining that 80 percent of the output from a given situation or system is determined by 20 percent of the input.
Italian economist Wilfredo Pareto observed that 20% of the population owns 80% of the world assets such as land real estate
Entrepreneurs apply the Pareto principle to increase pay off with minimized effort. The master of efficacy Tim Ferriss grew and sold a successful business popularizing the 80/20 Pareto principle amongst entrepreneurs.
His New York Times Bestseller The Four Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich details how he was able to outsource non-essential work and concentrate on his other pursuits while he was building and growing his nutrition supplement business.
The Power of Balanced Focus
I realized that I can succeed faster when I focus on one goal and automate everything else.
I eat the same breakfast, for instance, every morning when I focus on a project. Furthermore, my breakfast is high in fat (bacon and eggs, for example) so I will not get hungry for 7-8 hours and will got get disrupt my work flow.
My minimalist wardrobe allow me to automate my dressing routine. Clothing pieces can be easily combined so I will not waste my brain power selecting an outfit. I eat nutritious food to feel good. And I wear elegant minimalist clothes to look good.
Automation leaves me time for self-reflection and of course, physical exercise. You must keep moving to be productive and to synchronize with the world around you.