The World’s Laziest CEO


Apparently, being lazy pays off well for CEOs… That’s not to say they didn’t work hard – or bust their behinds – to get where they wanted to be. It just means they’re more likely to find some one else to do the work for them.

It simply means they work smarter, not harder.

“Laziness and selectivity go hand in hand. The lazy manager has to be selective, and the selective manager can afford to be lazy,” notes Forbes. “Selectivity and success are closely related, too. Once you understand that a very few actions and decisions have a disproportionately huge impact on your career or your firm’s fortunes, you naturally search for those few big breaks.”

“You don’t sweat the small stuff, because small drives out big. Look at Warren Buffett, the world’s most successful investor; the great majority of his fortune, he says, has come from fewer than 10 crucial decisions. It is easier to make a few really good decisions if you don’t waste time on things that will never be life changing. Laziness, selectivity, and confidence compound one another. They are the best short formula for extraordinary achievement. “

Am I lazy? Not at all… I just tend not to sweat the small stuff.

I’m involved with all aspects of my business. I have to be, even with looser reins at some levels. Here’s my point. Unless you truly enjoy all aspects of business, some may be better with a lazier solution.

Steve Jobs, as pointed out by Time, really “stuck with just a few things he cared about, like the design and look-and-feel of the products. You don’t hear about him getting wrapped up in solving operational issues or things dealing with production and manufacturing. He wasn’t designing circuit boards. He let the people who were pros at those tasks solve their own issues.”