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8 Reasons Why Being Lazy Will Lead You To Great Success

8 Reasons Why Being Lazy Will Lead You To Great Success

Your whole life you’ve been told things like “hard work is the only key to success,” or maybe even “you will never amount to anything if you don’t work hard for it.” While these statements are somewhat true, what if I told you that you could be very successful and still be lazy at the same time?

Being lazy doesn’t necessarily mean not having to do anything, it just means you find an easier way to do it so you don’t have to work as hard. Here are some of the ways that being a lazy person can help you to find great success.

1. You avoid busy work

There is nothing that I absolutely hate more in the workplace than busywork. Unimportant meetings that have no effect on your particular department, or meetings that achieve nothing aside from taking up your time. This is time that could be spent actually getting the job done so you can get the heck out of there.

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Lazy people would rather take the task they are assigned and get it done, get it done quickly, and get it done right, so they don’t have to spend any more time on it than absolutely necessary.

2. You know how to delegate to cover more ground

Lazy people make really good leaders, and this point proves it. You put a lazy person in charge of a group of people for a project, they know how to delegate people to certain tasks based on their skills so the job can be done quickly and efficiently. It doesn’t make sense to have one person do everything or have everybody focus on one thing at a time — lazy people usually have a knack for making sure this does not happen.

3. You are clever, so you can be lazy

If you are lazy, you must be clever in order to be efficient. In the workplace, you can be two of four things: lazy or diligent, clever or stupid. If you are clever and lazy, you have a tendency to be the most efficient. This just means you can get more done while doing less work.

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4. You always look for a quicker, more effective way of doing things

Bill Gates said that he would always hire a lazy person to do a difficult job at Microsoft, because they would always find an easier way to do it. Just because you are diligent and clever, doesn’t mean you are going to be more efficient. This just means you will get the job done — but you are probably going to do it without finding a better way, and you are going to take a lot of unnecessary steps to get it done.

5. You focus on only the bare necessities

When given a task to do, lazy people tend to only focus on what is needed, rather than all of the extra details to get the job done. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with going the extra mile every once in a while, but sometimes it can be too much and it’s just a wasted effort. Lazy people have an ability to figure out when is a good time and when it is unnecessary to do a little extra.

6. You know how to procrastinate

Procrastination has always been seen as a bad thing, but if you are lazy and clever you know how to use procrastination to your advantage. Lazy people who procrastinate and wait until the last minute have no choice but to focus on the job and get it done in time. They know that there is no room for error or extras, so they get the job done quickly and done well in less time than a diligent worker.

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7. You are lazy because you are efficient

Sometimes it may seem that people are just plain being lazy, constantly scrolling their Twitter feeds and reloading Facebook, while you are busy busting your butt. The reality of it is that they knew how to get their job done faster and easier and simply just have the time to sit around.

8. You know how to make money when they are sleeping

That is the ultimate dream, right?  Wake up and look at your bank account and have more money in it than you did when you fell asleep. Lazy people know how to utilize online tools and services that allow them to make money without having to work a lot. It will take some work to develop things that will sell, but then you can sit around and make money afterwards without having to sweat.

Its all about how you look at things. You don’t have to work your fingers to the bone day in and day out to be successful. It’s all about how you can get more done in less time and produce bigger results than before.

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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