Book review: The lazy way to success-Fred Gratzon

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Cool Bluez Rating (8/10)

I would recommend this book if you are looking to find true direction in your life. This book is fun and easy to read and leaves the reader with bundle of good thoughts. I recommend this book to my students because I feel that it can help them achieve their goals easily.

Selected Points From The Book:

1. There was nothing in life that could not be accomplished. It is simply a matter of finding the right angle. And the angle for greater accomplishment, I have found is always in the direction of greater ease and effortlessness.

2. Your work should be fun. Pure, unadulterated fun. Your work should produce happiness. And lots of it. If it doesn’t or if it cannot, I ‘d suggest that that mirthless situation be last seen rapidly disappearing in your rear view mirror.

3. Any individual or business that wants great success must take the concept of play seriously. For that matter, play should be the only thing taken seriously.
4. Play allows mind to flow without restrictions-to explore, to experiment, to question, to take risks, to be adventurous, to create, to innovate and to accomplish-without fear of rejection or disapproval. Thus a business that regards fan as’ unprofessional’ or ‘improper’ or ‘trivial’ or ‘out of place’ stifles the creative and progressive process. That’s like running a highly competitive race with one foot stuck in a bucket.

5. Fun fuels growth. Disapproval causes cancer. Having fun is the fastest way to the goal because fun is the goal. So, Have Fun. Play with everything. Play with things, play with ideas, play with machines, play with co-workers, play with customers, play with words, play with food, play with fabric, play with paint, play with academics, play with money, play with music, play with science, play with technology, play with computers, play with kids, play with friends, play with grandma etc. Above all, play with what you are doing right now.

6. Inventors have no idea what practical purpose their inventions will have. They are simply caught in the fun of discovery. Believe it or not, even Einstein was flabbergasted that someone thought his theory of relativity had practical value.

7. Galileo, though formally trained in medicine, found his joy in playing with various objects to find their center of gravity. While working as a clerk in the Swiss Patent Office, Albert Einstein wrote his most influential papers.

8. Dr. Richard Feynman; after reading the Arabian Nights for pleasure, he decided that he was going to do Physics for pleasure just as he did when he was younger. He vowed to play with Physics whenever he wanted to, and without worrying about whether it had any importance whatsoever.

9. It’s fun to achieve a goal. But fun is also the means to achieving the goal. In other words, success breeds fun and fun breeds success. If the process of getting to the goal is fun, then you know you are on the right path.

10. Replace stringent rules and penalties with giving people the freedom to act creatively-within a shared framework of values and purpose.

11. Don’t criticize bad ideas. Create a nurturing atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable. It will give rise to great creativity.

12. Create a culture where people know they have the right to create their own destiny and to be accountable. This lets people be themselves and it makes it fun and exciting to be on the job.

13. Don’t over-emphasize logic. It inhibits creativity.

14. Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

15. Focusing on money is probably the most backward approach to become rich and successful. If the main reason you are doing what you are doing is money, you will probably never make as much money as you want and you will never become great in what you are doing.

16. If you want to be rich, successful and great and you want it all without effort, then your primary focus must be on doing something that meets any of the following criteria; a. you love doing it, b. it races your blood, c. it challenges your creativity, d. it is absorbing, passion inspiring and joyful e. it is so compelling that you would do it even if there were no money involved.

17. Srully Blotnick found that those who eventually became millionaires did so because they were profoundly absorbed in what they did. Do what you love and money will come.

18. Be rich in power and influence, and rich in being a fascinating person who is making a vital contribution to society.

19. If you are doing what you are doing solely for the money, your work will soon become the old grind which has only one fulfilling day-pay day. But if you are in love with your job and if your commitment to it is joyful, then instead of Thank God it’s Friday, you will say Thank God it’s Monday.

20. If you actually have to work at something you don’t love, you will never be any good at it. It is love and passion that brings success, not hard work, pain, strain or effort.

21. All we have to do is do what makes us most happy and that will bring us maximum success. We know we are following the right path if we are happy. If not, we should make a course correction.

22. You know you’re on the right track when your activity; gives you pleasure, feels natural, comfortable and right.
23. If you don’t feel that way, here’s where to look: where you normally excel, where things go easily for you, in an area you feel passionately about, where you seem to get the breaks.

24. Your activity should: matter to you, give meaning to your life, fill you with a sense of mission.

25. If it doesn’t , here’s where to look: where you enjoy giving of yourself, where you feel needed and valuable.

26. Most people never find their calling because they don’t even bother to look.

27. By simply following their bliss, they would unfold their own magnificence, contribute fabulously to the world at large, succeed majestically without straining, and never have to work again.

28. Your calling is yours alone. It is not someone else’s. Being inspired by another’s calling is okay, but never try to live someone else’s life. Don’t try to be a painted when you should be a chef.

29. Studies have shown that people without a purpose in life age faster. Most important factor in slowing d own the aging process is joy.

30. Brain produces endorphins; these neurotransmitters are like morphine, they kill pain and provide pleasurable feeling. They are 30-50 times more powerful than morphine and are produced by body more abundantly when we think and act correctly. When we do the right thing, the brain spurts itself with bliss producing endorphins as a reward. We are biologically programmed to follow our bliss.

31. The key to glorifying creation is in finding that unique something that is so engaging, so irresistible, so fulfilling that you could not possibly conceive of doing anything else.

32. Follow your bliss and do not get caught up with the goal. Stay focused on the process. That is the path to the ultimate performance.

33. When we function on a more subtle level, we solve a problem faster and more cheaply, easily, safely and elegantly. Solutions to problems are always on a more subtle level than the problem.

34. Some problems are so big that nothing could possibly solve them. Yet remember, power resides in the subtle. The more subtle, the more powerful. A large, seemingly intractable problem simply requires a more subtle solution. The larger the problem, the more subtle you must go to find the solution. Problem means absence of solution. Just as darkness means the absence of light. The solution is not to deal with the problem but to locate the solution.

35. Feeding the hungry solves the problem of hunger only temporarily. Or it can create a bigger problem-dependency. The permanent solution to hunger lies in educating people to be self sufficient.

36. When you culture an appreciation for the subtle, you will not only grow in power, you will see and implement solutions spontaneously. But one who appreciates only the surface value of things will be doomed to frustration, failure and worst of all, hard work.

37. Turn work into play and the task at hand becomes irresistible to all those around you.

38. There is only one effective way to motivate people and keep them motivated-give them the opportunity where they motivate themselves. But internal motivators also come in two flavors-negative and positive. The most effective internal motivators are positive. They apply the elements of fun, love and non-work.

39. Give people freedom, challenges and responsibility. Give them a vehicle where they can express themselves, where they can feel passionately about their activity and where they can enjoy the greatest personal growth. You will see not only increased performance and productivity but also great human satisfaction.

40. People want to be involved. They want to be needed. They want to affect their own destiny. They want to have responsibility and to be accountable.

41. Leaders! Your job is really quite simple. You merely have to liberate your people. Since people bring their own motivation, you just have to free their talents by creating a fun-filled environment where creativity and productivity thrive.

42. The ideal work environment is a playful one, characterized by ease, freedom, individual accountability, mutual support and recognition. In such an atmosphere, individual talent takes flight.

43. It’s a person’s passion for a project that ultimately produces the results, not some authority figure barking orders.

44. When you are relaxed and feel good about yourself, you naturally think and perform with creativity and freedom.

45. Guess what works like a charm? The opposite of criticism- praise. If you ask someone to dig a ditch 6 feet long and he only digs it one foot long, you praise him for one foot.

46. When people are nervous or afraid, they don’t think intelligently.

47. The leader who gets the most enthusiastic support is the one who is genuinely concerned for the welfare of his or her people.

48. The productivity of your followers is directly proportional to the amount of concern you show and care you give.

49. The best salespeople in the world know that the one and only secret of sales is to be sincerely concerned about the customer.

50. The secret of being a great boss is the same secret-give employees the feeling that you are there for them and not the other way round.

51. If you want to lead effortlessly; here are some rules; a. praise, never criticize. Reward, never punish. b. Make the task meaningful by teaching the idea behind it. The idea behind the task is more important than the work itself. c. Make people feel needed and important. d. Be concerned about your people’s welfare.

52. The more enthusiastic you are, the more irresistible your project will be.

53. What delivers luck is commitment. Commitment stimulates support from nature.

54. As your knowledge and sophistication increase so does the fun. More fun then leads to more knowledge, skill and sophistication. It is the exact opposite of vicious cycle, it is a delicious cycle.

55. Commitment brings good luck. But if per chance your luck seems thin, that support of nature is not abundantly there like it should be, take that as a sign from nature to correct your course. Your objective may be faulty or you may even be heading in the wrong direction.

56. Resting the brain relaxes the old, fixed patterns of thinking and gives our brains the chance to make new neural connections.

57. Workaholics rarely come up with creative ideas. They remain deeply entrenched in a compulsive routine, dwelling on unimportant details. They not only lose perspective, they also deny their brains the opportunity to express their cosmic magic by disallowing rest. Don’t fall into that trap. It is always a great idea to take a break from your primary focus and do something else.

58. We have to learn to identify and rely on our intuition-the finest level of thinking and feeling.

59. Deeper knowledge is gained quietly, when the mind is settled and thoughts are delicate. Libraries intuitively know this and therefore enforce silence.

60. Failure is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. I like failure because it’s often easier to find success in failure than to do the chore again in hopes that you find success the next time.

61. Before Fleming made his brilliant discovery (Penicillin) there were at least 17 different references in the scientific literature to a mold of some sort destroying the culture in bacteriological experiments? In other words, at least 17 people made the same once in a millennia discovery before Fleming did. But what did they do with their experience? Each of 17 regarded this mold as a failure, recorded it as a regrettable error in the footnote, threw out the bad experiments and started over.

62. Shine a light on your failure from many different angles. You may already have succeeded more than you ever imagined, but in a very different way from the one you planned.

63. Even if you can’t seem to find the success in a failure, it is imperative to view success and failure not as opposites but as key elements of the whole process of creative thinking.

64. The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.

65. Side effects are frequently nature’s main effects. The best stuff is often found at right angles to or on the periphery of where you are focused.
66. Innovation frequently occurs at the wrong place for wrong reason. Discoveries are usually made by accident.

67. Open your awareness to the periphery. If you concentrate too much on the intended purpose, you may miss the real action.

68. Despite society’s ignorant mindset, we have seen that failure can be a great asset, accidents a boon, and mistakes a blessing. They should be treated not with disdain, but with an alert reverence, because contained within them are splendid success.

69. Handicapped too should not be considered a burden; artist Henri Matisse produced his best art work when blind, aged and bed ridden. Claude Monet had cataracts, which distorted his perception. He used this distortion to pain his famous water lilies. Beethoven wrote and conduced his Ninth Symphony while deaf. Not being able to hear was not a handicap to his musical genius. Undeterred by old age, Michelangelo was almost 90 when he designed St. Peter’s church.

70. Napoleon Hill says that when he sees adversity coming, he says to it “Well, hello little fellow. I don’t know what lesson you’ve come to teach me, but whatever it is, I will learn it so well that you will not have to come back a second time”.

71. Research has found that a student’s IQ grows through childhood and levels off when he or she is 15 or 16. A college education, whatever else it affects, does not increase it. So people go through rest of their lives with-quite literally-adolescent intelligence. Some studies even show that grade school students become less creative as a result of their schooling.

72. But despite education’s meticulousness, they forgot one thing. They forgot the student. They forgot the ‘knower’.

73. If you do not completely know who are you, if you are ignorant of your own self, then any other knowledge you gain is built on that weak foundation of ignorance.

74. Knowledge of your own self-knowledge of the full unbounded totality of your own self is fundamental to any other knowledge. Unfortunately every school overlooks this vital knowledge.


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