One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.
I’ll repeat something you might consider tattooing on your forehead: What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
The truth is that since the first book, I have wanted to emulate Benjamin Franklin and put together a healthy, wealthy and wise trilogy and so healthy was ‘The 4-Hour Body,’ wealthy was ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ and then wise is ‘The 4-Hour Chef.’
At least three time per day at scheduled times, he had to ask himself the following question: Am I being productive or just active? Chaney captured the essence of this with less-abstract wording: Am I inventing things to do to avoid the important? He eliminated all of the activities he used as crutches and began to focus on demonstrating results instead of showing dedication. Dedication is often just meaningless work in disguise. Be ruthless and cut the fat.
It is far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armour. The choice is between multiplication of results using strengths or incremental improvement fixing weaknesses that will, at best, become mediocre. Focus on better use of your best weapons instead of constant repair.
Focus on impact, not approval. If you believe you can change the world, which I hope you do, do what you believe is right and expect resistance and expect attackers. Keep calm and carry on!
Lacking an external focus, the mind turns inward on itself and creates problems to solve, even if the problems are undefined or unimportant. If you find a focus, an ambitious goal that seems impossible and forces you to grow, these doubts disappear.
It’s amazing how someone’s IQ seems to double as soon as you give them responsibility and indicate that you trust them.
Learn to ask, “If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?”
Just a few words on time management: forget all about it.
Compile your to-do list for tomorrow no later than this evening.
Most inputs are useless and time is wasted in proportion to the amount that is available.
What you do is infinitely more important than how you do it.
I’ve seen the promised land, and there is good news. You can have it all.