How is it possible that less work equals more results? That seems kind of silly. Work produces results. Thus, more work leads to more results, right? On the contrary! The truth is that LESS WORK equals MORE RESULTS. Sorry if the previous sentence looks like an analogy section of a standardized test. Painful memories flashed in my brain, too.
While “less work equals more results” is true, let me offer a couple prerequisites for clarification. First, the way in which we view work in the traditional sense in not inherently bad just because, in my argument, less is more. Traditional work can be described through clichés such as, “nose to the grind stone,” or “burning the candle from both ends.” We automatically think of hard labor, late nights, and exhaustion. Again, this kind of work is not bad. America was built on this kind of work. Young people learn work ethic with this kind of work. In fact, it leads to my second point.
Traditional work, hard work, or however you characterize it is many times needed before the less equals more principle can be applied. Business owners can vouch for that! Many hours and hard work go into launching a business. It teaches another principle as well. Investment. The time invested in hard, traditional work puts into perspective why the work is being done. However, the time investment of the average employee may lack the acquiring of such perspective (because they’re time investment is associated with a flat rate paycheck). Oh, but how that upfront investment of hard work can pay off down the road! Eventually, the business owner gets to step back and watch (less work) how is hard work has paid off (more results).
Before I provide real life examples of how less work equals more results, lets quickly recap. First, work in the traditional sense is not inherently bad. We have, or should have, a great deal of gratitude to those who do because they greatly affect our nation in a positive way. Second, traditional work is often needed upfront as an investment in order to see return down the road. In many cases, more work will seem to be the prelude to less work.
- From the world of elementary physics we have: the Pulley. The whole point of tools in this realm is to reduce the amount of work. Beautiful. With a pulley you can move more mass while doing less work!
- Network Marketing Business. They offer the amazing result known as, financial peace of mind. They are applicable here because work is required upfront to get things rolling. But soon after, business principles such as time compounding and duplication create ongoing, passive income which you aren’t working for (in the sense of traditional work). I am biased to one, http://goo.gl/61c7O
- Exercise & Fitness. When do you think you workout (work) the hardest: when you are losing weight or when you are keeping the weight off? The latter! You’re right! And the results will speak for themselves.
- Dog Training. If you own a pet, please buy into this. The work you do upfront with your pet will pay dividends in the future. Work hard at training and do it less in the future. Trust me, it works.
- Learning a New Language. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Nice transition TJ. Thanks. Anyway, you can learn a new language regardless of you age. The hurdle is the… hard work at the beginning! Once the fundamentals and hard work are done, the results are much, much better.
- House Renovations. Projects around the house are hard work! Especially when pride and ego are on the line 🙂 But, is takes much less work to upkeep after renovations. And there is possible $$$ results as well.
- Habits (in general). Old habits die-hard (geez, the clichés are everywhere today)! Here is my question to you: If the old habits are holding you back, why do you care how they die? Just kill them! Okay, it’s not that easy. I know. Hard work upfront leads to new habits formed and more results in whatever area of your life you are passionate about changing!
Last little note, do not be confused. “Less work equals more results,” is just as true as “no work equals no results.” So, don’t get it twisted! Instead, think of “less work” as an opportunity to reallocate time. Travel, write, read more, pursue your dreams, attack a bucket list, get involved in ministry, donate, or become a philanthropist. Have fun!