There’s a very famous comic showing a lot of people trying to push a cubic shaped materials while one decided to make it round and he gained advantage over them. And while such a scenario gets repeated over and over on both the business & personal scene, part of the reasons can be relatively obvious.
Let us take the following example, you have been doing some really hard work performing a particular task or project; and probably using all sorts of resources you could get your hands on and trying to get it done to the best possible way; then you bumped into a video on social media that showed someone doing the exact same project/task using a different tool or a different approach, yet he/she is getting a phenomenal difference in output. What would be your reaction?
Would you try out that new approach? or you would stick to what you have known for years or do a hybrid of both?
For me personally, I have always evaluated doing things in a different ways, but to be honest, I don’t think that it’s an essential part of performing a task, meaning that I don’t evaluate a new approach every time I need to perform something classic for me; However at least for the new projects, I try as much as possible to spend enough time researching to find best approaches and then try the one that fits me.
At a large scale in your life, you need to evaluate the energy and effort you spend on specific types of tasks, and try to optimize that. You see, with the evolution of technology and the expansion of connected media, someone somewhere must have posted something somewhere about how to perform the same action you are doing, it could be a simple YouTube or Facebook video, an article or a sophisticated book or a course on the topic. So really, unless you are working on a very confidential and original task, chances are that someone else somewhere have done it before you or done something similar that you can learn from.
This week’s tip, is to Work Hard and be Smart about it,
From time to time, check and evaluate the tasks and projects that are very common to you, and pick those that require more energy and effort than others, and start looking up who else in this world is can help you become better at it; Free information are great to have, but sometimes paying for the information is something you won’t regret (Like purchasing the book or online course…).
Have a wonderful week!
Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker.