Success is 99% Productivity
You know how sometimes you hear things, but they don’t really make sense in a meaningful way until you hear them again at just the right time or in just the right way?
Consciously Frugal recently pointed out that success is 99% productivity, and her comment was like that for me.
Of course I’ve heard the saying “success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration” before, but to me that always translated as “work really hard and you’ll succeed”.
But working hard is not the same as being productive, as I realized when I saw her comment. My first thought was, “Oh, well I should be massively successful then, with as much work as I’ve done.”
However, I haven’t been working on the right things — unless I’ve been trying to be successful at having pretty spreadsheets, a decent job, and a dog that wags his tail when I amuse myself by telling him to.
In other words, I haven’t been being productive. I’ve been being busy. This is not grade school where doing busywork gets you somewhere. I have to actually be productive and move forward, not just spin my wheels while trying not to fall further behind.
How about you? Are you working on the things that will get you to where you want to be? Who wants to do a productivity challenge with me?