I got an email from a colleague recently. He suggested we should collaborate on something together. And that will never happen…
He’s a sharp guy, I like him and he has valuable content that could contribute to a project. But I’ll never work with him, because he can’t be counted on to return a message. I know from past experience that he starts a project, makes commitments, then goes AWOL for weeks at a time. His word means nothing. He’s certainly not alone...
I have another colleague that told me, “You just sent one email? You have to nag me five or six times to make sure I get it.”
No, no I don’t. I prefer to work with people I don’t have to chase after.
Then there are all the people who read The 4-Hour Workweek and really believed it. You know them because they brag about how they might only check email every three or four weeks. Listen, it’s a great book and it will provide you some helpful lessons on lifestyle and productivity. But don’t be foolish enough to think that Timothy Ferriss actually works only four hours a week.
I sure there are a couple weeks that was true. Just like it was true for me when I went to Hawaii and Bali. But if you think any high leader achievers in any field do it with four hours a week, you’re not thinking rationally.
And if you think you’re impressing me by telling me you have more than 1,000 unanswered emails in your box, or it might be a month before I get a reply from you on something, you’re very mistaken. It just tells me you're an amateur.
Yes of course you should have family and recreation time and set boundaries. But successful people also work. Hard. And the most successful people are successful because we seek out other professionals to work with.
You can tell a professional because they:
So how are you doing on all this?