When coach Amy Grant raved about Tim Ferris’ “4 Hour Work Week,” I decided to check it out.
One of my favorite stories from this book about how to live more and work less is from AJ Jacobs, relating his experience with an international Virtual Assistant. AJ finds his overseas assistant to be exceedingly effective and quickly has fun outsourcing projects to her. First it’s simple research for articles he’s writing, then it’s sending emails to discourage annoying solicitors, then tracking down gifts for his son, and eventually he asks her to intervene on a marital dispute.
That turns out so well that he attempts to delegate his therapy, which his shrink doesn’t go for, BUT he does succeed in turning over his “worry” to his lovely assistant. He tells her he’s been tearing his hear out over a business deal that’s taking too long to close, and asks if she’s interested in tearing her hair out in his stead. She promises, “I will worry about this every day. Do not worry.”
Brilliant delegation!! AJ reports that every time he started to ruminate over the deal, he’d remind himself that his VA was already on the case, and he’d relax.
I just read this story last night and have already related it to three clients who wanted help in handling worry and anxiety. The laughter this story inspires is well worth the investment of time in reading it! (Not to mention the alignment this idea creates with my favorite law of attraction theme: “Easy”!)
But honestly, this book is packed full of revolutionary ideas about what life can be, and how to design the luxury lifestyle many want but aren’t moving toward. I’m already a huge fan of Tim’s “low information diet” and ending time management. His push to be effective instead of efficient, to challenge the status quo, end multi-tasking, use the 80/20 rule to gain freedom from futility – chapter after chapter is filled with new perspectives on creating lives we love.
Tim recommends changing the age-old question “What do I want” to “What would excite me?” in order to get better answers (and explains why). He also says most people choose unhappiness over uncertainty, which was certainly my obstacle for many years.
I’ve practically made it mandatory reading for every one of my clients, and would encourage you to give it a “look see” as well.
And if you’re reading something that’s rocking your world, please post it as a comment and share the wealth! Thanks, everyone. : )