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Book: The Art of Laziness

I’m not a person who loves to laze around, and I’ve always believe that hard works will always get huge rewards. Frankly speaking, this book wasn’t on my reading list as it has ‘LAZY’ word. Thanks to my fellow friends on Goodreads for recommending this great book. It’s really entertaining, and change my perceptions about ‘laziness’… A bit.

Peter Taylor’s The Art of Laziness is a great self-help book which taught us not to be fully occupied and do everything all alone. It’s really pointless to even sacrifice our health, and time just to ensure that we accomplished what we’re aiming for.

This easy to understand book gives a very clear insight that a winner doesn’t have to rush around or spend more time on jobs. A lazy winner has to be someone who can do more things with less effort, and more relaxed. Balance in both social, and work life is important as this would eventually determine the one’s success in life.

“The lazy winner build on the concept of ‘product laziness’ which encourages people to apply more thought before leaping into action and throwing effort at a problem or task. There are much better ways to progress in work and in life. I mean, what is the point in rushing around like busy bees all of the time and yet looking back at the end of the day and wondering what it was all about and what you actually achieved.”

This book also applies Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) which implies 80% of the result is based on 20% of the cause. I recommend you to buy this book, and discover it yourself. The Pareto Principle can be a very useful tool for decision-making… Especially when you are smart but lazy in person. At least, you won’t end up making wrong decision and regret it for the rest of your life.

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Again… You shouldn’t expect much from this book. Don’t expect how it’s going to teach you how to get money from being ‘productive lazy’. It only offers basic guidelines on delegation skills, just in case you’re ‘weak’ at delegating tasks. This book has nothing to do with money. No initiative ideas, just mere basic leadership skill. Good book, and easy to understand. No jargon.

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