First thing’s first, everyone is a little bit lazy.
However, not everyone chooses to embrace their laziness.
That’s right. I said “embrace their laziness.” But why?
Lazy people have some hidden tricks up their sleeves when it comes down to success. In fact, most people think they have lazy people figured out, but their assumptions are actually pretty unfair.
I’m one of the laziest people that I know (um, hello!), and I’m not afraid to admit it. Let’s forget that laziness is one of the 7 Deadly Sins for a minute because there is SO much good that comes with being lazy.
The truth is, there are a number of benefits to being lazy. In fact, we wouldn’t be here today if our ancestors weren’t lazy themselves.
Humans have evolved over millions of years to become smart enough to utilize tools to make life easier.
Some people call it being lazy, some call it inventing invaluable life hacks. What’s funny is that these two concepts are not mutually exclusive and yet for some reason “laziness” is still considered to be a negative.
Let’s change this narrative by diving into why lazy people are more likely to be successful.
They are better at saying “no”
When you have limited energy, you need to know what deserves your effort and what doesn’t. More importantly, knowing when to say no when you already have a full plate is embedded into every lazy person’s mind.
Lazy people are the opposite of “yes men.” By limiting their to-do-list to exactly what they need to do, they can focus on performing those tasks well.
Spreading yourself too thin by taking on a lot of additional tasks tends to make you perform poorly on all of those tasks. You slip up more when you have too much going on, which makes you stop and have to correct those mistakes before progressing.
Lazy people tend to avoid this because they just kind of know when to say “no.” And if they don’t say no…
They know how to outsource
This means that we should live life in a balance of 8-hours of work, 8-hours of recreation, and 8-hours of rest.
On paper, it seems like a great idea, but with commutes, chores, and other undesirable activities, 8-hours of rest and recreation doesn’t seem to fit into this plan as well as we would like.
So how do lazy people get around this?
Industries like housekeeping and contract cleaning are worth more than $55 billion. And those numbers are expected to grow.
To a lazy person, time is money. They regularly compare the amount of time spent doing something they hate vs. paying someone else to do it. More often than not, lazy people tend to value saving time.
Products and services aimed to make your life easier are more accessible than ever.
In fact, that’s what every product and service is meant for.
Think of it in terms like this. Some people would rather craft a DIY project. Some would rather buy the exact type of product off of Amazon.
Especially for bigger projects, unless you happen to already have everything that a DIY guide calls for, you’re going to have to go out and buy supplies. And even if you already did have everything on hand, if you’re inexperienced you really aren’t saving too much when you factor in time.
I know a lot of people that love to craft and can DIY the hell out of anything they touch. I’m just not artistic nor do I ever have the supplies (or willpower) to start pretty much any DIY project (unless it’s a recipe).
They are quicker to develop solutions to their problems
For everything that can’t be outsourced, lazy people still believe in working smarter, and not harder. They are constantly looking for convenience, and if it doesn’t exist, they’ll make it up themselves.
They do their research and find patterns to establish ways to do things more efficiently. They cut corners, in a good way, to speed up processes. And they get better at perfecting their formula with each take, becoming more efficient.
Putting in a little time up front to save a lot of time later is a major key.
The duo behind the invention of the first computer owe their success to laziness. Why? When asked, one of them stated, “I was too lazy to calculate and so I invented the computer.”
Now that is laziness in action.
With all of that extra free time saved from inventing and outsourcing, they have more time to do what they want to do.
Engaging in hobbies that you enjoy is beneficial to almost all aspects of health. Making more time for friends and family, hobbies, learning, and growth opportunities all have the potential to make you more successful.
Applying additional learnings to what you already do will make you that much better at it as well.
Think of it this way. Societies that figured out agriculture saw a massive boom in culture, the arts, and education. People suddenly had extra time now that they weren’t required to spend every day hunting and gathering.
Time breeds progression, and if you are able to free up more of it, you’ll likely be more successful.
They are in demand
It’s hard to maintain a lazy lifestyle if you don’t have a good sense of what you’re doing.
As mentioned earlier, lazy people are constantly developing ways to do things in the shortest amount of time as possible. This also leads to great results.
For example, they’re great at giving what customers want regarding ease of use and efficiency. A lazy person wouldn’t create a difficult process for a customer because it goes against what they personally believe.
Note that he didn’t say educated, experienced, or ambitious. Put that quote in your back pocket for your next job interview.
They know that laziness is the future
At this point, you can practically get anything you need from the internet. Products, services, groceries, entertainment, transportation, and especially information are all accessible with a click.
Give a lazy person a comfy couch, some blankets, and a laptop, and you essentially give them the world.
It’s never been easier to be a lazy person and pursue what makes you happy.
Learn how to work smarter and not harder and you’ll unlock an entire world of opportunity.
There’s a lot to be learned from the lazy, so let’s hear from you. Let me know in the comments of some of your favorite lazy products and services that you couldn’t live without.