Money ultimately is a measure of productivity, and money allows you options to define the world and shape it the way that you want to see it. Thus productivity is absolutely critical if you want to change the world into what you want to see it.
Sustaining high productivity requires you to maintain motivation and sustain effort. In order to do this there are a number of counter-intuitive ways I have discovered to be productive:
Firstly sleep enough, exercise regularly, surround yourself by smart creative people, meditate and travel - these things will relax and stimulate your mind and will result in a sustained motivation to be productive.
Secondly eliminate distractions like meetings, unnecessary social engagements, e-mails and side-show tasks that add no value to your main objectives and be unapologetic about doing this as it will free you up to focus.
Lastly do what you love and love what you do, it sounds silly but hating your work will make you naturally avoid doing it. Loving what you do will make you insanely productive.
Do these things and you will be able to shape to universe.
The ability to give decisive direction and provide leadership is not an inherent quality of the intelligent or highly skilled.
I’ve often made the mistake of waiting for leadership from the smartest most decorated guy in the room and mostly found bewilderingly vague ramblings echoed back at me.
My conclusion is that they do not teach leadership at school and so too people are not necessarily born with this gift. It is some combination of life experiences, education and neural pre-disposition that more likely result in a good leader.
All I know is that sometimes you’ll be surprised by who the leaders are in the room… it will not be very obvious from their CV I promise you.
Woody Allen says Eighty percent of success is showing up. I am starting to dislike that quote. Everyone is showing up these days. And they are all incredibly boring and uninspiring.
To be successful you clearly have to do something different… and considering that most people are just showing up, perhaps the most disruptive thing you could do is do things well and produce quality work.