Ultimate Secret to Being a Successful Entrepreneur & Better Person
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Are you ready? Because this is pretty intense stuff. This week, I’ve talked about how self-care, communication, understanding denial, and asking questions can help you cut waste and live better. But this is The Honest to Goodness Ultimate Secret for Being More Awesome Starting Right This Very Second.  I want to be sure you’re completely prepared for this before I drop the truth bomb on you.

Ready? Ok. Here goes. Scroll down.

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Stop reading this post right now and go do something.

Get away from the computer, the tablet, the phone (Why are you still reading this?). Take the 3 minutes you would have normally spent reading this post, lean back in your chair, and take a few deep breaths. Call your husband and thank him for doing the dishes last night. Write a quick thank you note to your buddy for helping you move that couch last weekend. Walk over to a colleague’s office and just ask her how she’s doing today. Spend 3 minutes just noticing the people around you. It doesn’t have to be epic or wildly significant.

 
Just do something – anything – that doesn’t involve staring at a computer screen.
 And then do it a couple more times every day.

It’s just three minutes, folks. You can read a thousand articles every day, but all that busy isn’t going to help you as much as 3 minutes of doing something for yourself or someone else.

I am going to go make myself a cup of tea and watch the squirrels being hilarious outside my window while I drink it instead of checking my e-mail. Because squirrels, people. Squirrels.

The whole point of personal lean is not to help you have it all. It’s to help you have what matters – what’s important, what makes a difference, what helps you feel ok about not doing everything. Busy is not a virtue, my friends.  And busy isn’t always what helps us do better work. Stop reading about doing better and just go do something for yourself or someone else.

Stop reading this and go do something. 
You can. Do it. 
Go do it now.
Once you’ve spent 3 minutes breathing, or chatting, whatever floats your boat, come back and tell me how it went.
Women and Business Quote from Erica Hill
“I’ve stopped trying to read three newspapers before sunrise. 
And yet, I somehow feel more knowledgeable.
 Perhaps because I’ve finally awakened 
to the world around me and all it was trying to offer.”
-Erica Hill

A physicist by trade, author by choice, a born teacher, a retired veteran, and an adamant problem solver, Frank has helped the White House, federal agencies, military offices, historical museums, manufacturers, and over 250 technology startups get stuff done, communicate effectively, and find practical solutions that work for them. In his spare time, he makes sawdust and watches Godzilla movies.