I’ll let you in on a little secret that many people don’t know about me.
Yup, I said that… and I mean it!
Don’t get me wrong, though. I’m not afraid of hard work. But, I am deathly afraid of hard work with no purpose.
I bet you’re probably the same, right? The really hard-working folks that aren’t as lazy don’t have time to surf the Internet and read an article like this. 😉
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How to Profit from Laziness!
Well, here’s good news. You can allow your laziness to become your advantage, rather than let it become your burden.
“Choice” is a beautiful thing! In fact, laziness can lead to accelerated profits and financial freedom. Here’s why.
1. Use Laziness to Create Shortcuts
As a lazy person, I like to look for shortcuts. I like efficiency so that I don’t need to spin my wheels on something that could be done in half the time. Want some time-tested shortcuts to wealth? Check them out here – Shortcuts to Wealth.
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And my favorite… modeling successful people who have already attained the results that I want.
2. Use Laziness to Create Win/Win Opportunities
One of my childhood heroes was Tom Sawyer. He was a charming young man who knew how to create win/win situations. On one such occasion, he was tasked with painting a fence for an entire afternoon. Yet instead of doing the work himself, he got super creative and convinced his friends to happily complete the entire chore for him!
Consider leveraging win/win opportunities with co-workers, friends, family, employees, or assistants (if you’re lucky enough to have one). Lazy people know that time is one of our most valuable commodities, so any leverage to give you back some additional time is golden!
As Scrooge McDuck used to say to his nephews in Duck Tales, “Work smarter! Not harder.”
3. Use Laziness as a Pathway to Entrepreneurship
Lazy people will do anything to get out of work when they’ve got something else better to do. So why not DO something that you’d rather do! Entrepreneurs create and build solutions and/or services to create efficiency in their marketplace.
This drive to “do more with less”, combined with persistence, can lead to a lazy person’s dream… financial freedom! I always knew for myself that starting a business of my own was one path that could lead to financial freedom sooner than later. Luckily, I was right and my motivation to be lazy in the future has paid off.
Being FIRE‘d has allowed me to try out a lot of different business ideas and see what I like. This blog is one of them, teaching NFTs, financial coaching, Amazon FBA, etc. Each of these has made money in varying degrees, and I LOVE the variety it offers me.
4. Use Laziness to Outsource Hard Work
Lazy people love to outsource work to professionals. This allows you to concentrate on what you know and understand best, and leave the “surgery” to the surgeons. There are many things that I’m able to do, yet I choose not to do them because I can usually find someone else that is better than me to perform that task.
For example, I outsource all of my property management to companies I trust. This is a huge burden off of my plate and I’m able to go back into the market to recreate another deal instead of dealing with maintaining existing ones. I guess you could also say I’m lazy because I don’t want to fix toilets either! 🙂
If you have a lot of K1s and a small business, it’s rather advantageous to hire a CPA to assist with your taxes. I don’t need to read the tax code to benefit, I’d rather have a tax expert advise me and stay lazy.
5. Use Laziness to Gain Wisdom Faster
Being lazy sometimes is boring. Instead of forging ahead into uncharted territory, the lazy person will sit back and observe. If you look and study long enough, you’ll begin to notice patterns of success from those already getting extraordinary results.
So, this increased pattern recognition leads to gaining wisdom in the fraction of the time it would take otherwise. Being able to have a “playbook” while playing the “money” game, is an advantage you want to take!
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot more. But, I’m too lazy to read an entire book many times. So, I’ve been using a cool app called Blinkist which summarizes books into a 5-minute read. It captures the gist of a book, and at least I can decide from there if I want to read the entire book in full.
6. Use Laziness to Seek Out Technology
Technology can be an incredible resource for the lazy person. In fact, I grew an entire business around technology. Lazy people always want to find the latest and greatest tech to help them complete a task faster.
However, don’t get fooled into thinking all technology can accelerate a result. You need to strategize, understand your intended outcomes, and then cut down your time with specific tools. Here’s an example for budgeting… the long way, and the easy way.
Lazy with your paperwork? Me too. This is how I use a scanner to go digital with my paper docs.
Use laziness to your advantage. Laziness drives us to seek a path of efficiency… a path away from hard work and labor… a path towards profit & financial freedom.
Once you find financial freedom, the lines between work and play begin to blur. I assure you, it’s a goal worth achieving!
Readers, how have you profited from your own laziness? Did I miss any? Help me think of some others, I’m too lazy to figure out the rest. 😉
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