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Don’t be a Donkey


If you have never heard of Derek Sivers before, he is a successful entrepreneur that has a knack for goal setting and time management. He has a couple TED talks but that’s not the point of this post. This man really understands how goal setting and goal getting works.

This month at Asian Efficiency we have talked a lot about goal setting (in this month’s newsletter Aaron revealed how he successfully does it) but we also want to introduce other people’s thoughts on this subject. I especially like Derek Sivers’ thoughts on this and one of his blog posts really hit home with me.

This is where he talks about why people never achieve their goals. He goes on saying it’s due to the fact that they try to focus on too many things at the same time (I was guilty of this myself too at some point). Why does this happen? It happens when you are thinking short-term – not long-term. He really hits the point home when he shares the story about the donkey:

Buridan’s donkey is standing halfway between a pile of hay and a bucket of water. It keeps looking left and right, trying to decide between hay and water. Unable to decide, it eventually falls over and dies of hunger and thirst.

A donkey can’t think of the future. If he could, he’d clearly realize he could first drink the water, then go eat the hay.

Read the post and don’t be a donkey.

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