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The 80/20 Rule and Listening to Your Inner Procrastinator

The 80/20 Rule and Listening to Your Inner Procrastinator

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 A decade ago, my friend Bill said, “Perry I’ve got a million-dollar idea for you. There’s just one catch: If you sell a million dollars, you have to give $10,000 to my favorite charity.”

“OK Bill, you’re on,” I said. He insisted I was leaving tons of money on the table by only writing and publishing books. He advised me to expand into business coaching.

I decided he was right. And guess what? I had the hardest time getting myself to actually do it. When I sat down to execute the details, my inner procrastinator said, “Wait a minute, why don’t you go get a haircut.”

I recognized the inner procrastinator as a signal that I was precisely on the right track. I resolved to finish the project.

That move doubled my income. Bill’s favorite charity, an inner city school in Philadelphia, got a check for $10,000. [Read more…]

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