Achieving More While Doing Less

This morning on my way to work I was listening to my Bible as I usually do.  I was listening to Luke 19, a verse I had heard many times.  This morning, however, the message came across differently.  It hit me like a freight train.

Jesus provides us some wisdom on how to be a more efficient and effective leader in his Parable of the Ten Servants.   I use the New Living Translation.  Here is the part of the verse that hit me. I had to bookmark it.  “And to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given.”

I had never thought of this verse in this way, but today the way I took is this.  If you use the talents the Lord has given you, much will be returned to you.  This is more proof that having a Not-To-Do list is a good idea.  Because the Not-To-Do list helps you focus on your areas of core competency, which to me, is what Jesus is referring to when he says “those who use well what they are given.”

This reminds me of the story, not sure if it’s true, of Warren Buffett and his pilot.  The full story is on the web so I won’t go into detail here.  The gist of it is that Warren has his pilot write down the 25 things most important to him.  Then he asked the pilot to circle the 5 things on the list of 25 that are most important to him.

The 5 things he circled are his to do list, the other 20 are the not to do list because those 20 things will distract from the 5 things he should be doing.

For me, I’ve found my 5 top strengths from the strength finder’s test.  These are the things that have been “given” and if I use them well, “even more will be given.”

The next thing you should do is decide how these 5 things translate into real world results.

Question:  What are the 5 things you’re best at?

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