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An editor for a success magazine wanted to know my views on success. Here is what I wrote back:Most people think success is a goal. I do not. I see success as a process. Most people define success only in terms of money. I do not. I think success is a combination of things — health, happiness, material prosperity, love of family and friends, wisdom, influence, and fulfillment.Here is how I know someone is successful — If you are able to give from your abundance then you are successful. If you are able to donate money, spread happiness, inspire health, propagate love, share knowledge, motivate people, etc. then you are successful.

Most people think you need to work hard to achieve success. I do not think that is true. I believe the opposite is true. I believe you have to learn how to avoid work to be successful. I define work this way — if you’d rather be doing something else, then you are working.

You avoid work by loving what you do. Loving what you do is infinitely more powerful in achieving success than all the hard work in the world. If you love what you do, Nature will show you her secrets. When Nature reveals her secrets to you, you have the golden key to being successful. Those secrets are the formulas for working less yet accomplishing more. For example, you can strain your muscles working hard to move a big rock or you can use one of Nature’s secrets and use a lever. When you use a lever you work much less but you accomplish much more.

People who say they work hard are really saying they are not smart enough or creative enough or lucky enough to have found an easier, more effective way to accomplish what they want. Hard work is not the answer. Finding an easier, more effective solution is the answer. To find the easier solution, you need to be alert for a lazier way. People who work hard don’t have the time or the energy or inclination to find that easier way.

一位成功杂志的编辑想知道我对成功的看法,这就是我回复给他的内容。

大多数人都认为成功是一个目标。我并不这么看,我认为成功是一个过程。大多数人用金钱来定义成功。我也不赞同,我认为成功是健康、快乐、物质富裕、朋友、家庭的爱、智慧、影响力、成就的综合体。

这些人是我认为的成功者——如果你能把你的富裕给别人以帮助,那么你就是成功的;如果你能捐献钱财、传递快乐、倡导健康、传播友爱、分享知识、激励他人等等,那么你就是成功的。

大多数人都认为一个人只有通过努力工作才能成功。我并不认为这是正确的。我认为懒惰也能成功。我认为你有必要学习如何不工作而同样获得成功。我是这样来定义工作的——如果你宁愿做其他事情,那么你才是在工作。

通过做自己喜欢的来避免工作。在世界上,做自己喜欢的事无疑比努力工作具有更大的力量来达到成功。如果你爱你所做的事,大自然将向你展现她的秘密。当大自然把她的秘密告诉给你,你就拥有了成功的金钥匙。这些秘密就是少工作多成就的规则。例如,你可以紧绷你的肌肉去移动一块巨大的岩石,或许你也可以利用大自然的奥秘之一杠杆来撬动它。当你利用杠杆的时候,你工作的更少却完成了更多。

那些说努力工作的人们其实是在说他们不够聪明、不够有创造力或者说不够幸运,以致没有发现一个更加简单、更加高效的方法来实现他们的目标。努力工作不是答案。找一个简单、高效的解决方案才是答案。去寻找更简单的方法,你有必要转向一种更为懒惰的方式。那些努力工作的人没有时间、精力、爱好去找一个更简单的方式。

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