How Laziness Can Make You More Successful
Smoking hot, fiercely intelligent, mother-of-three and personal coach, Johanna Sawalha is partially responsible for this blog’s existence. (I don’t know whether to spank or thank you Jo!)
We became friends when we swapped services, she as my personal coach and me as her book-writing coach.
I’ve adored her ever since and wanted to share her latest newsletter which reminded me (and I needed it) that success isn’t all about the treadmill.
She explains how laziness can be a great path to success. Jo writes:
ARE YOU WORKING YOURSELF TILL DEATH PARTS YOU FROM THIS LIFE?
Today is the last day of the laziest summer of my life.
Although I did things, obviously, much of it was spent in leisurely conversation over lengthy meals. Or puttering about without much results of productivity.
I did my work and had my clients at a leisurely pace and when there was a free moment, I used it to do nothing.
On this last day on the plane from the Middle East to Jordan, it sparked the thinking about how honored workaholism is. It is a disease like any other extreme form of –ism, but in our Western culture, it is celebrated.
Leisure seems to be relegated to the idle rich or the idle poor, both regarded with a certain amount of judgement. The latin word ‘scola’ stems from the Greek word leisure, which points to what it originally meant. It meant than in leisure you are also learning. Our greatest inventions or works of art did not come through a productivity laden pressure cooker, but from deep thinking in an environment comparatively free of stress.
We can’t be truly creative in the adrenaline driven world of hyper activity. True creativity is sourced from a free thinking, all around free place and we are not free when we are stressed.
This is the idea that this summer drove home – that the thinking I did may very well have led to better results because I was calm and present enough to make the right choices and proper calls at the perfect moments …
We owe it to ourselves to deal with the work addiction that permeates our Western society.
Warmly, Johanna Sawalha
Private and Executive Coach
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