I'm not a morning person. I hate getting up early, I never do it unless I absolutely have to, and I'll never understand people who do.
I'm not a workaholic. I love what I do for sure, but life is too short to spend most of it working. With a beautiful new baby at home, I certainly don't want to spend every single day at the office.
I recently read an article about "The World's Most Interesting Golfer." He's a Spaniard who unabashedly enjoys a glass of wine before a big tournament, a good cigar and dram of whisky after, and who doesn't understand those who rush through life without taking the time to enjoy it.
Now there's someone I can see eye to eye with!
BUT - does all of this make me lazy?
Perhaps in the eyes of some, but if you ask me, it makes me EFFICIENT.
In sales, I was seen as lazy for sleeping late most days, working from 10-3, and going home in time to catch some sun at the pool.
People saw that as lazy UNTIL they saw my numbers, which were higher than anyone else in the office, and as far as I know, highest in the industry in my particular city.
When I moved into a new office building a couple of years ago, people there who knew who I am and were looking forward to getting to know me were disappointed to see that I wasn't there 40 hours a week - not even close.
When I started my business, I reverse-engineered it from the beginning to run as automatically as possible and continue to generate revenue whether or not I choose to work on any given day.
Likewise, after a few years of working way too hard in sales, I began to reverse-engineer what the very top, six-figure producers were doing, and I implemented their strategies into workable systems that ran on autopilot.
That's how I was able to produce extremely high sales numbers and close 4 out of 5 sales while working less then half the number of hours of my co-workers, most of whom rarely made even 100% of their numbers.
Every now and then someone will reply to one of my emails and tell me that I'm not making real salespeople, and that I'm teaching salespeople to become order takers.
Well, duh. The most successful salespeople are the ones who take orders all day, not the ones who get hung up on and get doors slammed in their face.
We only get paid commissions for actual sales, so the more time spent getting sales (i.e. taking orders), and less time wasted doing everything else, the better.
And when you're producing crazy-high numbers without killing yourself working long hours, your boss and your competitors all take notice and you eventually get to name your own price and your own schedule. (If your employer won't meet your demands, a competitor happily will - believe me, when you're selling THAT much, they KNOW who you are!)
So remember, laziness is only lazy when it's not producing. But working less while producing more isn't lazy - it's efficient - and many even call it genius!Frank Rumbauskas is the author of the New York Times best-seller Never Cold Call Again and has won numerous accolades, such as Readers Choice for Business Book of the Year from 800-CEO-READ, and has been named one of Fast Company’s top 30 most influential people online. To learn more, and to download a free 37-page preview of his Never Cold Call Again lead-generation system, visit http://www.nevercoldcall.com