On Sunday, January 2, 2005, an article about New Year's Resolutions appeared on the front page of the Style Section of The New York Times. The reporter, Warren St. John, contrasted workaholic resolutions with smell-the-roses resolutions. My book, The Lazy Way to Success, was featured and I was interviewed.
Before the interview began, Mr. St. John said that he had read my book and called it "a genius notion." Of course, I made a vigorous appeal that he include those exact words in his article. Alas, he took a more middle-of-the-road approach. In any case, having my book mentioned, quoted, and photographed in The New York Times definitely brought the hometown fans to their feet.
Unfortunately, the term "laziness"
has been stigmatized with negative connotations. The word is tinged
with overtones of sloppiness, and physical lethargy, and mental
dullness, and spiritual vulnerability (as in "idle hands are the
Devil’s workshop"). Fueling this distorted stereotype are the world’s
work-worshippers as they incessantly link laziness with losing.
a bad rap. We all know that there is a highly creative side to
laziness. We know laziness as the driving force behind all progress in
life. After all, it was Benjamin Franklin himself who said, “I am the
laziest man in the world. I invented all those things to save myself
In this light, we
decided that the word "laziness" needed a makeover to bring out its
inner beauty, so we coined a few descriptive terms of our own.
Behold – The New Laziness!
The New Laziness is "smart-lazy."
(Or, if you are a Jimi Hendrix fan, "foxy-lazy.")
New Laziness is also contributing a vital, dictionary-balancing word
that has been painfully missing from our work-obsessed culture –
Who would not want to be one, especially since it is the key attribute that most consistently brings success?
Yes, indeed, the paradigm is shifting. And "neo-lazyism" will lead the way.
Welcome to our blog where we enthusiastically
fly in the face of conventional thinking and declare to the world that
hard work is a fraud.
Needless to say,
we have all been hearing since birth that hard work is virtuous. It is
treated as an unassailable truth. But it is false. Hard work has
nothing to do with success. It doesn’t produce success. It doesn’t
sustain success. And it certainly doesn’t reverse a failure.
creates success. Not hard work. And if you can find easier, more
effective ways of accomplishing things, your chances of success are
exponentially greater than if you worked hard. When people say they are
working hard, it can only mean that they aren’t using their
intelligence or creativity to find an easier, more effective way of
achieving the same thing. There is always an easier, more effective
way. You just need to know how and where to look.
the magical way where doing less accomplishes more is the secret. In
this blog we will examine this style of functioning and explore this
new science of problem solving.
look forward to receiving your intellectual, creative, philosophical,
academic, artistic, energetic, emotional, and spiritual contributions
to this site. The time has come for the world to reject work and, as a
result, enjoy greater health, peace, and prosperity.