How Busy People can become Amazingly Effective in 30 days or less [at Professional level – Part 2]
5 effective resources to shape your life and let you create all it takes to be successful.
When you start having success, you will surely set higher goals!
You’ve just followed the White Rabbit in the Wonderland... and maybe now you are curious to explore it 🙂
If you discovered your potentiality, it's good to use it to his maximum extent.
You want to achieve more.
You have to achieve more
"A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions."
But let’s make a little step back to Part 1 of this article, that was about effectiveness at a personal level (you can read the article here).
There are no shortcuts in part 1 of this article, that is about: Understanding what you really want, Being confident in your capabilities, learning to prioritize and setting goals, shaping your passion and enthusiasm, teaming up and leverage your outcomes.
As I did many years ago, chances are that you have started your path to become successful.
Following that path, maybe you are tasting the exalting sensation that your goal is at hand.
And now, why do not aim for more?
That’s the topic of this article.
Here, we play at a different level.
At Professional level, I would better describe Effectiveness as Productivity (intended as a cause) or as Success (intended as an effect).
Beyond effectiveness and efficiency
At the professional level, there are different stages to be considered.
Let’s give a look at Eisenhower box to have a better vision of what it takes to do it right.
Urgent vs Not Urgent, Important vs Not Important, all our daily tasks fall into this classification.
In every quadrant, an action is marked as the more appropriate for task fulfillment.
Usually, everyone of us concentrates time to fulfill what is inside Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 3, that is what is urgent, independently if it’s important or not. After tasks included in these quadrants are done, maybe we spend little time in the other quadrants.
Successful people are the ones that spend their time to take care of what falls in Quadrant 2.
Wisely planning time can reduce urgency and gain control over all quadrants.
Then a smaller quantity of important tasks will fall into Quadrant 1 and consequently into Quadrant 3 too.
This mindset can be applied to every professional career, but it is more oriented to entrepreneurs and solo-preneurs ready to jump to the next level.
That’s what I experimented while shaping my multiple streams of passive income a few years ago.
And experience is a great teacher.
"Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward."
There are so many books about personal development and it’s difficult to make a selection.
In this article, I’m just suggesting 5 of them, the ones that most leveraged my effectiveness and helped me to create businesses on autopilot.
Through the article, I may suggest many other books, because it was a shame to leave them out.
And here is the roadmap of this article in a glance:
[Step 1] Before leaving, let’s wisely decide our destination.
"The universe is transformation: life is opinion."
Ready, fire, aim!
If our destination is to become successful, we shall read the stories of successful people, analyzing the roadmap they’ve walked to reach their goals.
But that’s not enough: we shall proceed step by step and implement what we’ve study.
It took me 3 years to implement what was written in the bestseller The Cashflow Quadrants by Robert Kiyosaki.
Though it may seem that this book is only about the money, I assure you that there so much more wisdom to learn.
And Kiyosaki is a great teacher to explain it.
That book is about systems.
Let’s just concentrate on the systems, that is what is required to reach our goals.
If you want to be rich you have to concentrate on the right quadrants indicated in the following picture.
Right side = activity side, if you work for the money.
The first model is to be employed, i.e. you exchange time and effort for money, i.e. if you don’t work you are not paid.
In a day there are 24 hours and even though you have a high salary, there will always be a limit to your possible income.
The second model is to be self-employed: you work for yourself, but your activity depends on your time and if you stop working, your activity stops with you.
You can concentrate on passivity side if the money works for you.
The third model is the Big Business, that is on autopilot and earns money even if you are not actively working on it.
The fourth model is the Investor, having money working for them, and enjoying life.
Recent internet developments allow everybody to create autopilot business as solo-preneurs with outsourcing skills = Passive Income, i.e. the stage I am currently living of.
I started small, and I am making my way up to better outcomes.
That’s the lifestyle I would suggest to everybody 🙂
Unfortunately we don’t win every time, but this is not a good reason to give up.
"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
In next section we will dive a little deeper, discovering shortcuts to reach our goals.
[Step 2] Best Shortcuts to reach your goals.
"Enjoy the present, without anxious dependence on the future."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
It may happen to be so busy working for a living that we forget to explore a new interesting way to obtain more results with fewer efforts.
Planning is the key.
Would you like to become so good at planning that you can work only 4 hours a week for a living?
We would be able to enjoy a better quality of life, without the constant pressure of working for money.
That’s what The 4 hours workweek by Tim Ferris is about.
On the web, I’ve read so many feedbacks about this book, and it seems that it has changed the life of many people; I am one of them.
But listen what I mean directly from the author in this quite interesting TED talk:
In this book you’ll find so many resources and ideas that’s impossible you will manage to implement all of them.
Examples, links and tips will help you better shape your path.
Next section is oriented to implement all given suggestions.
[Step 3] A Brilliant implementation
"A great fortune is a great slavery."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Have you ever worked 12+ hours per day, having the feeling that it’s not enough?
I did it for years.
How are your relationships, your health, your friendships?
Let’s learn once again, from scratch how to work effectively with this great book that gives structure to every project.
I am talking about Rework by Jason Fried.
Do you want to take your life to the next professional level?
In this book you have an effective structure to do it, besides your daily job.
What we do in the day is for a living, but what we do in the evening is for our future living.
I started with enthusiasm and passion to deepen my knowledge; it took a few years but at the end of the path, you find yourself free.
"Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also."
To complete the wisdom contained in Rework, I suggest you read this book too: Remote by Nora Roberts and Jason Fried.
And now let’s learn how to calculate profitability and how to improve it, in the next section.
[Step 4] Is it profitable?
"Profit is not the legitimate purpose of business. The legitimate purpose of business is to provide a product or service that people need and do it so well that it's profitable."
Let’s state it clear and simple: Business Profit = Given Value.
The Art of Profitability by Adrian Slywotzky is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read.
I love this book: until today I’ve read it three times and wanting to read it more.
Every time I find new ideas and inspiration.
The relationship between mentor and students reminds me my personal experience with my mentor and the deep connection that can be established between people that have the same passion to share and a common qualification of looking for the same goal.
But reading this book and all his assignments is challenging!
The first time it took me about 6 months: every chapter assigns you 1 to 3 additional readings.
It’s challenging but you are able to understand today’s world much better, beyond all the marketing and advertising we are exposed to every day.
In a very engaging way, the author guides us in analyzing 23+ profitable business models.
But this doesn’t come so easy… following the Socratic Maieutic method:
Maieutic | adjective
of or denoting the Socratic mode of enquiry, which aims to bring a person's latent ideas into clear consciousness.
This book is full of wonders!
Every time you read it you can go deeper in the contained wisdom.
It’s not only about profit, but about changing your mind and attitude in front of business.
"The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying."
A last step to go: let’s find the best way to explain ourselves to share effectively our vision and ideas.
[Step 5] Are you really able to communicate effectively?
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
No fancy communication, no obscure meaning: say it clear and simple.
That’s what The Art of Explanation by Lee LeFever is about.
A complete and effective framework to communicate by one of the best communicators in the world.
I suggest you this book too: Contagious, Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger.
"There is no delight in owning anything unshared."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
5 Books Quick Review
Cashflow Quadrants [Very, Very Quick Review]
From Google Books: "This work will reveal why some people work less, earn more, pay less in taxes, and feel more financially secure than others."
"Optimists always picture themselves accomplishing their goals."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
4 Hours Workweek [Quick Review]
From Google Books: "Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan - there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.
This step-by step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:
- How Tim went from $40,000 dollars per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per MONTH and 4 hours per week
- How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
- How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
- How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
- How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent 'mini-retirements'."
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Rework [Quick Review]
From Google Books: "From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book - one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few pounds or even free. Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is now simple.
That means anyone can start a business. And you can do it without working miserable 80-hour weeks or depleting your life savings. You can start it on the side while your day job provides all the cash flow you need. Forget about business plans, meetings, office space - you don't need them.
With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages.
It's time to rework work."
"Our plan miscarry because they have no aim."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The Art of Profitability [Quick Review]
From Google Books: "An extraordinarily new business slant on how companies can generate greater profits. Presented in 23 compact lessons, "The Art of Profitability" features an ongoing tutorial between two fictitious individuals."
"The profit on a good action is to have done it."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The Art of Explanation [Quick Review]
From Google Books: "You've done the hard work. Your product or service works beautifully - but something is missing. People just don't see the big idea - and it's keeping you from being successful. Your idea has an explanation problem.
The Art of Explanation is for business people, educators and influencers who want to improve their explanation skills and start solving explanation problems.
Author Lee LeFever is the founder of Common Craft, a company known around the world for making complex ideas easy to understand through short animated videos. He is your guide to helping audiences fall in love with your ideas, products or services through better explanations in any medium.
You will learn to:
Plan: Learn explanation basics, what causes them to fail and how to diagnose explanation problems.
Package: Using simple elements, create an explanation strategy that builds confidence and motivates your audience.
Present: Produce remarkable explanations with visuals and media.
"Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple."
I tried to concentrate all my experiences on this articles.
All suggestions and tips are derived from hard-learned lessons, and following them, I hope you avoid many mistakes I have done.
But start today.
Stop overthinking, take action and give your little a higher value and a higher purpose by leveraging your skills and capacities.
If you haven’t yet read part 1 of this article, this would be a good time to do it
effective rules [action plan]
It may radically change your vision, but not immediately.
Take your time to digest it and to implement all the valuable lessons therein.
And then apply the one that is more suitable to you.
Don't rush at the beginning!
Your instinct will tell when it's time to skyrocket.
When the 5 books are over and you want to take your professional life to the next level, you can continue with part 3 of this article.
About the Author Emanuele B
Hey there, my name is Emanuele and I am the creator and editor of effectiverules.com.
I have been avidly learning all I could about Personal Development in the last 20 years and my mission is to share my same path, self fulfillment and peace of mind!