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“Busy” = Out of Control

toolsI’m currently reading Tim Ferriss’ new book, Tools of  Titans, which I highly recommend. It’s been an interesting read so far. This excerpt resonated with both Jackie and myself.

“Every time people contact me, they say ‘Look, I know you must be incredibly busy….’ and I always think, ‘No, I’m not.’ Because I’m in control of my time. I’m on top of it. ‘Busy,’ to me, seems to imply ‘out of control.’ Like ‘Oh my God, I’m so busy. I don’t have any time for this shit!’ To me, that sounds like a person who’s got no control over their life.”

TF: Lack of time is lack of priorities. If I’m “busy,” it is because I’ve made choices that put me in that position, so I’ve forbidden myself to reply to “How are you?” with “Busy.” I have no right to complain. Instead, if I’m too busy, it’s a cue to reexamine my systems and rules. 

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