The Lazy Way to Success
Fred Gratzon’s book The Lazy Way to Success is a joyous, thoughtful and provocative celebration of the notion that work should, above all, not feel like work.
If your job is a struggle, if you must constantly put your nose to the grindstone, knuckle under and get it over with - you’re not doing it right. Or you’re doing the wrong job and should get out of it with all haste.
And Gratzon should know. Though he graduated sine laude whatsoever as an art major in 1968 and was the original long-haired hippy dropout, he’s started two wildly succesful businesses. The second one, Telegroup, grew to 1100 employees with $400 million in annual sales. All this without ever doing a single day’s work.
His credentials established, what does Fred want us to know about laziness as a tool to success? The three major messages must be these:
Fred has this to say on the traditional work ethic:
The book itself is absolutely beautiful with very funny illustrations throughout by Lawrence Sheaff. The tone is informal and irreverent but the book does not shy away from a few deep, complicated topics.
I bought my copy directly from the website and it came with an inscription from Fred that said “Wishing you effortless success”.
Thank you Fred, what more could I wish for. And is there really any other kind?
One thought that struck me repeatedly while reading the boook, is that what Fred calls laziness is nearly identical to what I call happiness at work. Many of his principles and ideas are very close to what we teach, which just validates my thinking that happiness at work is not just a nice thing in itself, it’s the best path to business success.
I never rate the books I review, because I only review books I really, really like. And The Lazy Way to Success gets my very highest non-rating :o)
Alexander Kjerulf is the Chief Happiness Officer of the Happy At Work Project based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Alex's extensive background as a leader, business owner and consultant has taught him that happiness is the most important key to success for businesses today. Leaders and employees from IBM, Lego, DaimlerChrysler, Pfizer, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and many other leading companies - big and small, private and public - are happier and more efficient after using the methods taught by Alex. You can find much more information on happiness at work at Alex's weblog: www.positivesharing.com .
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