June 19, 2012
Martin Varsavsky: how to be successfully lazy
The founder and CEO of Fon is coming out of the closet - as someone who doesn't work that hard. He doesn't think that entrepreneurs need to work that hard, despite the traditional image. How does he do this?
- He never watches TV - just YouTube and Netflix sometimes.
- He doesn't watch sports - but he does them.
- He reads few books - but he writes a lot, ask yourself: "am I prepared to give 20 hours of my life to this person?"
- Guys spend an average of 83 minutes grooming themselves. He spends 10 minutes.
- He flies his own page and has a driver. That saves time - but is "elitist" he admits.
- He almost never talks on the phone - he uses messaging clients instead.
- He doesn't drink.
- He doesn't do business meals - he hates them. He saves meals for family and friends.
- He shows up on time.
- Social media works for him. Twitter is his best search engine. He asks questions. He hires people...
- He sleeps with his baby. Sleeping is important - and you should share it with the people you love
- He goes to conferences - but says "no" to a lot of them. Saying "no" is a huge part of managing your time.
- He devotes time to philanthropy - because he enjoys and believes in it.
- He spends wight weeks sailing - with his family and friends. And he doesn't pretend that he's working. But it's great for problem-solving
- Oh, and he has a great team.
But it's not for everyone. You have to be able to delegate - you have to say goodbye to having things done exactly the way you wont them done, and to decision making - but it gives you your time back.
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