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I Will Always Choose A Lazy Person

“I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”

– Bill Gates

Alright alright…

There’s some contention over who actually coined the original phrase, but CryptoGat recalled it from Bill Gates’ work, so I’m going with that.

It’s an interesting notion, following the lead of the lazy person.

Laziness is deemed a sin in our culture and fact is, there are a sh*t load of lazy bums who don’t even get off their couches to go out and work in the first place.

The Hand-Out mentality has created a sub-culture of working-aged, able-bodied people who seem to cost the rest of the country a lot of money:

In 2016–17, the Australian Government estimates that it will spend around $158.6 billion on social security and welfare, and around $191.8 billion in 2019–20. This category of expenditure includes a broad range of payments and services including:

  • most income support payments such as pensions and allowances (for example, Newstart)
  • family payments such as Family Tax Benefit
  • paid parental leave pay
  • child care fee assistance payments
  • funding for aged care services
  • funding for disability services and
  • payments and services for veterans and their dependents.

I’m specifically referring to the first bullet point crew on the list.  People who could work, but do not.

That kind of laziness is a social financial dragnet, not an inspiration.

In 1920, Frank E Gilbreth published an article in “Popular Science Monthly”.  In studying bricklayers and factory workers, he noted the following:

“… the methods of various bricklayers—the poor workmen and the best ones…he stumbled upon an astonishing fact of great importance and significance. He found that he could learn most from the lazy man!

Most of the chance improvements in human motions that eliminate unnecessary movement and reduce fatigue have been hit upon, Gilbreth thinks, by men who were lazy—so lazy that every needless step counted.”

… the so-called expert factory workers are often the most wasteful of their motions and strength. Because of their energy and ability to work at high speed, such men may be able to produce a large quantity of good work, and thus qualify as experts, but they tire themselves out of all proportion to the amount of work done.”

It’s important to note therefore that the issue is not being too lazy to work but being at work and using the redeeming quality of laziness to reduce the necessary steps for completing a task, to the barest minimum, in order to get the work done.

CryptoGat claims to be inheritently lazy. This is a dubious claim given he says he was researching, creating training videos and commenting online on upcoming cryptocurrency offerings, sharing them with his vast advice-absorbent readership and audience, for 12-14 hours a day for the last year or so.  This was before he got busted being an active participant in an online pump and dump chatroom.  He’s pulled back from the stress-intensive lifestyle that gained him so much fame and is now cherry picking his involvement in different projects.

Given he’s a late Millennial or Gen Y, whose generational claim to stereotypical fame is to do as little as possible in order to reach desired outcomes (thereby experiencing a better work-life balance than their predecessors), we could safely assume that CryptoGat can relate to this quote.

In a little over 1 year of being actively involved in the cryptocurrency space, he’s developed a huge online following of over 70,000. People that both praise him (when the call comes good and they make a heap of cash) and pour scorn on him when he proves to be a human who makes silly mistakes.

Such a massive following in so short a time? That in itself deserves attention from those of us who toil to reach such levels of exposure…

If a lazy Millennial can create such a community and for the best part, service them with huge value offerings that made a lot of people a lot of moolah, then I choose to learn from the lessons (and the blunders) of the lazy.

Listen to the full podcast with CryptoGat (Ivan S.) here

By Abheeti Kathryn Pass

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