Being busy lets you do this one thing to literal perfection.
Hide from your mission and purpose in life.
First, you refuse to be clear, concise, and compelling about your purpose.
Second, (insidiously) without clarity, you hide from your real work – the risky stuff that may not work – the stuff that makes others uncomfortable – but if it worked, it would triumphantly change everything.
Because you aren’t clear, you and everyone else, can’t tell what success looks like.
Can’t be a failure, right?
Can’t see the bullseye, so missing it goes unnoticed.
We like safe.
Safety adds insult to injury.
Without clarity, you lose all sense of urgency.
Without urgency, distraction trumps focus.
Without focus and urgency, being busy comforts you.
And exhausts you.
And everyone around you.
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Yesterday was only an 11 hour day. The widower sitting next to me worked long and hard for ATT. He either didn’t understand the question, or couldn’t answer it transparently. Asked him what advice he’d give his grown children from the broken dream he is trying to let go of.
The day was much longer than 11 hours… a late dinner near ground zero…