Friday, August 17, 2012

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
by Greg McKeown

Is success a catalyst for failure? It sounds irrational, but as Greg McKeown explains, the constant drive to achieve may actually be working against us.

Why don't successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call "the clarity paradox," which can be summed up in four predictable phases:

Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.
Phase 2
: When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities.
Phase 3
: When we have increased options and opportunities, it leads to diffused efforts.
Phase 4
: Diffused efforts undermine the very clarity that led to our success in the first place.