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If you want something done, ask a busy person!

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

I've been in charge of organizing many events, and have led clubs, teams, and businesses.  In every situation I've found the phrase 20% of the people do 80% of the work to be absolutely true.  These people just get shit done, and then they get asked to do more because they did so well!!!  These people generally move up towards the top in most organizations because they do more than they are paid to do, and therefore eventually are paid for those things that they are doing as others recognize how valuable having them on the team is.

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 stuff that is important, and ignore that which is not.  They also have an internal drive that says I should be doing more, 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 in each day, 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 in the 20% that gets 80% of the work done?  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!


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Don Smith

Don Smith is the founder of The Personal Growth Channel, a community on a mission to help each other grow in our personal and professional lives. Happily married with five children, he lives in Springfield, Illinois.