6 Reasons Why Lazy People Tend To Be More Successful

December 22, 2017 (Last Updated: March 4, 2018)
Lazy people might have discovered the key to success by just being themselves. Here are 6 reasons why lazy people tend to be more successful, and what we could all learn from them. | lazygirl.us

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.


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Look at this dastardly creature performing a deadly sin. Look away!


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

The concept of the 8-hour day was invented in America in 1817.

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?

They outsource.

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).

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Me trying to do any DIY project ever.

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.

They make more time to do things that they enjoy

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.

Bill Gates once said, “he would always hire a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.

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.

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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.

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  • Reply
    LeShelle, host of MRTV
    February 3, 2018 at 6:52 PM

    This title is misleading!! lmbo. The act of preserving time so you don’t have to reclaim it later is not lazy, IT’S SHEER GENIUS!

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      Leslie Johnson
      February 4, 2018 at 11:48 AM

      Hahaha, “sheer genius…” “lazy…” I like to think that they’re one in the same!

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    February 1, 2018 at 8:27 PM

    I’m getting better at this this with time. I’m learning that I don’t have to do everything bc then I won’t be very effective.

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      Leslie Johnson
      February 1, 2018 at 8:59 PM

      Yes, and you gain so much more peace of mind when you let go of the idea that you have to do everything always.

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    February 1, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Never thought I’d say it, but YAY for us lazy people! Good list and I am the queen of outsourcing. I’m about to invite the maid service back to my house. Tired of cleaning.

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      Leslie Johnson
      February 1, 2018 at 2:48 PM

      Haha YES! Once you start thinking of things in terms of time (and sanity) saved, you start to do everything you can to maximize it! I’m sure you’ve been able to make progress in all aspects of life by outsourcing!

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      February 2, 2018 at 9:52 AM

      Ok so I don’t feel bad about getting all things done in my pjs without leaving the comfort of my home. I got groceries delivered the other day, I felt so lazy but it was so convenient ! Go us lazy folk!

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        Leslie Johnson
        February 2, 2018 at 2:40 PM

        Yes! Hahaha, you managed to be productive without needing to do much of anything. That’s what Lazy Girl is all about.

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    February 1, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    I have my lazy moments. Trust me I enjoy the down time. I’m always on the go from the time my eyes open till they close. I just don’t want to miss anything. Life too short to not enjoy.

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      Leslie Johnson
      February 1, 2018 at 10:44 AM

      Me too! I’m constantly learning daily, but I get to do that from the comfort of my bed on most days. Even when I go out and do something, I put in a lot of research to ensure that I don’t waste any time. Lazy doesn’t mean that you let life pass you by!

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    February 1, 2018 at 8:53 AM

    I’m lazy and I’m not ashaned of it! I’m laying in my bed right now with my work laptop! Our ancestors weren’t lazy though lol.

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      Leslie Johnson
      February 1, 2018 at 10:41 AM

      LOL you’re 100% right. Fortunately, we have the freedom to choose how we live now.

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    Crystal Lariece
    February 1, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    I absolutely love this!! Such a fun take. I will definitely be sharing to my blog Facebook page. It goes with our current theme so well!

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    Dolce Speaks
    January 31, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Wow ! Amazing post, I’m lazy myself lol and I never thought about it this way ! I always faulted my self not looking and the positives as much as I do the negatives. Great prespective, well written !✨

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      Leslie Johnson
      January 31, 2018 at 11:25 AM

      Thank you so much! We’re such an underrated group (even though we practically run the world). I’m glad you enjoyed.

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    January 30, 2018 at 6:23 PM

    I am seriously delighted to read this! Another human who likes to embrace the lazy. Brilliant read x

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      Leslie Johnson
      January 30, 2018 at 7:47 PM

      Yes! The concept of this post is what made me start my blog. Lazy Girls are so underappreciated. Thank you so much!

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    January 28, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    I love the gifs in this – especially the diy one. That is actually me trying to carry more than one thing at once. I find that with being lazy, I take on tasks that I can accomplish. I’m not lazy, but I’m not busy. I’d say I’m a happy medium.

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      Leslie Johnson
      January 28, 2018 at 7:27 PM

      Thank you! I like to think of laziness as the precursor to busy moments. Laziness unleashes the creativity that goes into the action plan.

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    Cleo Childress
    January 25, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    I’ve definitely had lazy moments that turned out to be helpful in being successful at some things!

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      Leslie Johnson
      January 25, 2018 at 10:58 AM

      Me too! All the time. That’s how the best ideas come about.

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    January 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    This speaks to me on higher levels! Great post. Who knew accepting your laziness can be totally motivating?

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      Leslie Johnson
      January 21, 2018 at 6:15 PM

      I know, right? This is the type of career advice that I want to read because it gets me motivated and doesn’t require me to change so much about myself.

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    Luminous Life Links
    January 19, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    Love the article! I am new to this lazy business. But I’m the busy lazy person you could every meet! I’m not lazy I just only do what I want!

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      Leslie Johnson
      January 19, 2018 at 9:18 PM

      Yessssss, honey. Do what you damn well please. Lazy Girls thrive when they can work at their own pace.

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    January 12, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    Love this article! And it makes so much sense lol I proudly call myself the most ambitious lazy person ever because it’s such an accurate description of me lol

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      Leslie Johnson
      January 14, 2018 at 1:06 AM

      Thank you so much! Reclaim laziness!

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