Stories That Keeps on Giving
Dec 21, 2017
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
If I could physically hand you a gift at this moment, it would be the book “Rest” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.
Alex answers the question, “Why you get more done when you work less?” He proves the lifestyle we have become accustomed to is not what the great men and women of the past have followed.
“Rest” is not about delegating work, outsourcing or using technology. There are stories from hundreds of people of all fields. Like Dwight D. Eisenhower, C.S. Lewis to Ernest Hemingway one story after another of how they were able to be creative and solve problems working less.
“Rest” provides proof of how you can utilize your brain through the life experiences of ordinary people that became extraordinary people living life one day at a time.
Here are three things I gleaned from this book that I have already acted on:
- Spend two to four hours of intense focus on your work (with short breaks). No busy work, emails, etc. It is hardcore thinking, planning, and strategizing; answering questions that move the needle to your greatest potential.
- Close these two to four hours with a question. Mathematicians, scientists, and artists all use this method. It must be a question giving the brain an assignment.
- Now it is time to rest. Go to lunch, play a game of golf, learn something new or get a hobby. The one rule is to let the answer come to you. Do not focus on the question or start analyzing the data in your head. Each time you do, it interrupts the brain, God, or other sources you believe in, from getting the answer to you. (Alex refers to the brain, including God is my belief).
There are other commonalities in their stories. Taking long walks for example and returning to the busy work of the day late afternoon or in the evening. Starting a new project with additional questions is also common before returning to the first project days or weeks later. Be prepared to take quick notes as you receive new ideas and answers. I keep it simple and record it in the Voxer App. Just as quickly, I return to my current activity.
In closing, what you glean this season from the stories will be different in the next season of your life. A gift that keeps on giving.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,