Dustin Wax recently started a very interesting series over at Stepcase Lifehack called, “Toward a New Vision of Productivity“. So far he has posted 5 articles in a series of twelve. Some points he made…
- What matters most is not the system, or the tools, but the doing…
- …being productive can’t give our lives meaning, they can only help clear the clutter so we can figure out and focus on the things that do give life meaning… (Clay Collins)
- No Priorities = No Direction
- The Big Picture is Cloudy
- After a century of productivity, we find that our lives aren’t really any more filled with meaning than they were for our great-grandparents
- We haven’t really developed any kind of processes for determining or cultivating passions.
- Schools are, in general, not equipped to help students cultivate passions.
- …being productive without passion is a sure path to disappointment.
- In virtually every field, the difference between success and failure, between profit and loss, between growth and decline is determined by the availability of information. In most cases, it’s fair to say that information is productivity.
- We are overwhelmed by information not because our heads are lacking, but because for most of us, our head is at odds with our heart and our purpose. Without fixing that, we are stuck in the empty pursuit of information for its own sake.
There is enough fodder in his writing to follow him in lockstep for a month or more. I could write countless arguments, counterpoints, and supporting information to what he is writing. What he is writing truly needs to be read!
But… if I did that I would violate the second and possibly more important point of this article. The point being that we should not conform to the ways and means which others have found so blindly…
“If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away.” – Thoreau
The more important point is this…
Productivity is Pointless Without Passion!
I can’t imagine a worse hell. Being really good at accomplishing tasks that you utterly despise.
Yet, how often do we live our lives this way?
Do not do what society tells you. Even if its what normal, or accepted, or the thing you “should” do.
You must, you must, you must, live your own life. You are not helping anyone by doing things that they want you to do if you have no passion for them. Without passion you will eventually fall far short of expectations and you will turn it into a lose-lose situation.
Instead, find a win-win situation.
Find your passion.
Then find the people who will benefit from the new found productivity you have generated by practicing your passion.
They will be grateful.
You will be happy.
Everyone wins! 😉
The ideas presented here have some obvious implications when it comes to talking about education. I will touch on a few more points this week and then begin my weeklong series on education next week. Please subscribe using the link below so you won’t miss a thing…
Originally posted 2009-01-05 22:26:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter