Blog #23 – 6 Essential Business Quotes for Effectiveness and Why
October 28, 2017.A Saturday.
Making big things happen is a marathon and not a sprint but with that said you still need to be effective (and not just efficient) because if you aren’t chances are you will never reach your goals at all.
Simple as that.
These are the quotes that I personally keep in mind to get things done:
– Mark Zuckerberg
First things first – will you reach your goal if you never start? The answer is “No.” Just no. It will never happen.
Which is a long time for something not to happen.
And it doesn’t matter if you are about to take your first big step or if you are well on your way already because there is always a next level which will never happen unless you throw yourself in.
So, trust yourself.
You will figure things out along the way.
And remember that not starting is the least effective strategy in the history of the universe.
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all”
– Peter F. Drucker
Once you have abandoned the least effective strategy in the universe and are on your way it is time to prioritize.
And this is a fundamental truth about being effective because it doesn’t matter how good you are at doing something (efficiency) or how quickly it is done (also efficiency) because if you are spending your time on something with low priority you will not move things forward.
And being effective is about moving things forward.
Not about being busy.
So you need to prioritize and stick to what you figured out.
(It is very easy to postpone the important tasks and start tinkering with the not so important ones)
– Tim Ferriss
This may not sound like a great quote on effectiveness but it is so hear me out:
In the long run being effective is not about getting great results in spurts but about constantly performing and executing.
And a very good way of doing that is to automate what you do by forming habits.
(Simple as that, sort of)
And rigging the game so you can win is a super efficient way of forming a new habit because it means removing the hard part of the habit building.
For instance, instead of going for 30 minutes of meditation every day you rig the game by just going for 5 minutes which you can easily do.
Once the habit is there after a week or two you can go for longer times and get the benefits you want.
“When you find bad news I say: ‘Get it right, get it fast, get it out, get it over’”
– Warren Buffett
Another essential key to being effective is to keep your momentum despite all the sh*t you will run into.
From the people in your environment draining your energy to your soon-to-be profitable business running out of money.
Form a habit of dealing with bad news in an efficient and goal-oriented way and you will keep your business – as well as your personal life – moving forward.
“Constantly think about how you can do things better and question yourself”
– Elon Musk
You are not perfect (sorry) and you are not at your peak performance (sorry) and there are more things you can learn to be even better at what you do (sorry).
And it is only by breaking the mental barrier that keeps you from constantly questioning yourself and your skills that will eventually make you better.
And better at everything means more efficient and more effective.
So in essence what is being effective all about?
It is about this quote by Abraham Lincoln:
“Give me six hours to cut down a tree and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe”
– Abraham Lincoln
And using the time sharpening the axe to also figure out if you really have to cut down that tree.
Now go and be effective, I’m rooting for you.