In 15 minutes a week, you can get closer to your optimal work life.
Most of us have the desire to be high-performing. The alternative is boredom and less personal pride. Entrepreneurs especially, with their names on the sign, aim high.
In the sports world, athletes create rituals and regulate how they live in order to increase their performance. Business people tend to make to-do lists and set goals — but not much else. I think that’s a lost opportunity. Entrepreneurs are no different than athletes: For both groups, peak performance requires attention, reflection, and a plan that goes beyond goal attainment. But because “working” is a daily function, it’s easy to assume great work performance is like the weather, where some days are 72 and sunny and others not so much, for no particular reason.
Those among us who have managed to find professional success and eke out a life actively embrace this philosophy. They must set aside their first hours of the day to invest in their top-priority activities before other people’s priorities come rushing in.
A serial entrepreneur shares his best time saver: one simple habit that’s easy for you—and your whole team—to adopt.
"I don’t want to spend any time on my business today," my friend said to me over the phone recently as we began our weekly 15-minute coaching session. "I just want to know the answer to one simple thing," he continued.
If you avoid these common errors, you’ll be more believable and command more respect.
Dressing for success may create a good impression, but people judge your intelligence and credibility based upon what comes out of your mouth. Here are eight verbal habits that immediately mark you as somebody who’s either foolish or shifty:
Being more productive isn’t just about what you do—it’s also about what you don’t.
If you want to be more productive, don’t start by taking on new habits and routines. Instead, do less. The most productive people know how to stay focused and how to say no—but most importantly, they know how to delegate and outsource.
In 1943, American pilot Charlie Brown was flying his B-17 bomber into Nazi Germany when the plane was nearly shot down, with many of the crew members wounded. Luftwaffe fighter pilot Franz Stigler came upon the crippled bomber and, instead of shooting it down, felt that the wounded men should not be fired on, the same as those who had parachuted out of a plane. Stigler escorted the bomber to the North Sea where it returned safely to Great Britain. The two men corresponded many years after the incident and eventually met in person.
The incident was the subject of Adam Makos’ book, A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II, published 19 December 2012.