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The Smarter Working Week

posted on: Wed, 22 03 2017

You have to take the view that most of us probably won’t be multi millionaires when we come to retire. I suppose the main target would be to pay the mortgage off, have a few quid in the bank and have a half decent pension. I have also come to a view that in order to get to that point, one has to think smarter, not harder. Stupid question, and that is what even if I had a billion pounds in the bank, what would I do with it all?

None of us want a billion pounds and an early grave, think Steve Jobs! So, I took stock of my life several years ago and this program, hopefully, explains some of the things you can do to take stock of your life and pursue the things YOU want to do.

To understand all this, you have to know where I’m coming from. I have spent more than 40 years in business, 10 years training and 30+ years working. Had some brilliant successes, spectacular disasters and I can look back and want to inspire some interest in making you work smarter, not harder!.

Robert Craven, one of the very best of the UK Business Guru’s opens his entrepreneurial training days with the maxim “Life doesn’t need to be hard”, and he’s right.

I would like to think that this is just not another business or motivation presentation describing my life’s experiences in the work place and gaining tips to help you worker smarter.

Trawling through loads and loads of “business” books that I have read over the years, looking through the internet for ideas, opportunities and yes I’ve even read some “Get rich quick” schemes, I’ve come to several conclusions.

Firstly : don’t try and re- invent the wheel, make it better, faster, cheaper, but don’t try and re-invent it. Steve jobs once said : an Artist paints, great artists copy.

Secondly, just keep things simple, uncluttered, keep a tidy mind. Over complicating matters just makes it more and more difficult to deal or communicate with.

Finally, This program is about making you work smarter, not harder, life’s just too hard to work yourself into the ground. My formal training was in the hotel and catering industry and as I trained to be a hotel manager, one of the big tips I was given was that 5 minutes of thinking ahead would save me an hour on my feet. How true that was.

Having a plan no matter how small, is all and linked in with working smarter will not only save you very valuable time, make you money, because freeing up your time allows you to pursue your key objectives.

Consider how the CEO of the biggest companies in the world think and operate, employing 10s of thousands of people. Think at that level how they delegate, what goes through their mind and how his/ her reporting procedures work. For everyone there is only 24 hours in a day and as it has been said “time waits for no man”

My inspiration for this program comes from Tim Ferris’s “The 4 Hour Work Week”.

I don’t want to contradict my earlier mantra about ‘working smarter, not harder’, but whilst keeping to that mantra there’s one thing for sure in life, rarely does anyone hand anything to you on a plate and whatever you do, you will have to work hard. So the trick is to work hard but constructively, productively and most important of all, profitably.

One of Steve Jobs many mantras was to focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance, but also thinking Smarter.

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