I am lazy. I’m the laziest person I know. But I’ve learned to take advantage of this trait. I think Bill Gates described it best:
I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because he will find an easy way to do it.
I suppose my packed calendar, extensive CV, and numerous projects might contradict my statement. But it’s all a rouse.
I’m lazy, but I’m also extremely passionate. I want to build and create things, websites, companies, businesses. I want to tell people, “Oh, I’ve done x, y, and z.” I want income to roll into my bank account with doing any work myself. I want the freedom to follow each individual whim as it pops up.
College taught me the skills I need to be the laziest person ever. It taught me that it’s possible to graduate with an English degree, honors with distinction, without actually reading any books1. Any essay could be written with a little bit of listening in class, Sparknotes to find certain sections, and the novel to pull quotes that back up previously discussed themes.
I’m so lazy, I don’t want to even think. I’ve forced myself into habits and systems so I never have to remember anything. I created my own wiki to store any information I may need later. I use my calendar obsessively, so I never have to think about my plans for the day or week; I just go wherever my calendar tells me on any given day. I use Trello2 so I don’t have to think about individual to-dos, and Omnifocus to dump everything else that comes to mind.
I’m lazy, but I think a lot. I’ll think out and write down tons of ideas, but my laziness lead me to discovering the joys of outsourcing. Some people spend their money on beer, some on clothes, some on video games, art, or movies. I spend all my money on being lazy, hiring people to build things like iPhone apps or upload a large batch of pictures to my blogs.
Laziness is just something I was born with. I will work from sun up to sun down, seven days a week, to sustain my lazy lifestyle. Fortunately, I’m passionate too. I’m excited to see where that combination takes me.