By Jon Miller | Post Date: January 10, 2009 3:10 PM | Comments: 0
The key lesson for knowledge workers is to simply, standardize and automate whatever you can in the way of routine parts of your life so that you can focus on the creative parts that you enjoy. In my line of work (management consulting) it's a challenge always to find creative ways to get creative people to accept standardization as part of their work. Some people are under the illusion that any semblance of order and organization in the knowledge workplace stifles creativity. Einstein may have had a messy desk, but he organized his life to keep out distractions so he could focus on his creative work. The man who said "Never memorize anything you can look up in books" at least had to organize in his head where those books were so he didn't waste time searching.
There are some funny and deep ideas in this YouTube video cleverly built from a photo of Einstein at a chalkboard and images of his words overlaid in series, accompanied by Mozart. There is wisdom, humor and humility here.
If L is success in life, then L equals x plus y plus z. Work is x, y is play, and z is keeping your mouth shut.
How true. I've worked quite a bit. Time to shut my mouth and go play a little.Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.