Samir’s Selection 08/29/2014 (p.m.)
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Because of its seminal influence on wealth-creation in general and employment in particular, the manner in which innovation functions—especially, the way it comes and goes in Darwinian bursts of activity—has emerged as a vital branch of scholarship.
Do intelligent lazy people achieve more in life than intelligent active people?
“I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations. But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!”– General Kurt von Hammerstein-EquordI see two different kinds of laziness: the kind which asks, “how can I do this work more easily?,” and the kind which asks, “how can I avoid doing work?” … The latter group, intelligent people who are lazy in the sense that they want to avoid working hard, even at the cost of results, will not achieve more than those who will do work for worthwhile results. If you cannot put in the hours, making a difference is difficult. A motivated person can achieve great things, even if their methods are slower than necessary… But that first group, those who are lazy and want to get to the best end as easily as possible, can do best. That kind of lazy person finds inefficiencies. They accomplish more with their time. They are willing to put in a bit of extra time today to make something better or easier tomorrow.
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