If You Want Something Done, Ask a Busy Person!

by Don Smith

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “If you want something done, ask a busy person?”

How about, “Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, and objects at rest tend to stay at rest?”

These are both true when it comes to getting stuff done. I've been in charge of organizing many events and have led clubs, teams, and businesses. “20% of the people do 80% of the work” is accurate in nearly every situation. These people get shit done, and then they get asked to do more because they did so well!!!

So why is it that 20% of the people do 80% of the work? I believe it is because certain people have developed habits that allow them to focus on the important stuff and ignore that which is not. They also have an internal drive that says I should be doing more. It's also easy to stay in motion when you're already in motion; that's why asking a busy person might be your best bet for getting things done.

Most of these people even feel like they are not doing enough even though they deliver higher results than those around them! These people are prime examples of what Stephen Covey talks about in his books The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First.

We all have 24 hours each day, and effective people eliminate the distractions and get shit done!

So what about you? Do you want to be in the 80% that only gets 20% of the stuff done? Or will you be the 20% that gets 80% of the work done and rises to the top?

If you want to be in that elite level, it's time to show up to those things that you feel are important, step up and start doing the work, and then power up and get some ideas on how to do things better and faster by spending time with those people who are successful or reading about them!

If You Want Something Done, Ask a Busy Person!

About the Author 

Don Smith

Happily married with five kids, Smith owns a technology company, is the founder of this site, has served on the board of directors for multiple companies, and loves playing soccer, hiking, and mentoring.

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