5 Things Overachievers Do Not Do

over achievers. Think Small They Do Not. Yoda could have written this post.

Tim Ferriss, of Four Hour Work Week fame, recently did a video interview (posting on that tomorrow) with Leo Babauta about goals or no goals. During this conversation, he talked about how he is okay with a 60% success rate on his goals, on his achievement. He knows he can’t hit 100%, not on everything. But the important point was to make your goals so big that achieving anything on that goal makes it worthwhile.

2. Overachievers do not ask permission.

The flood of emails, tweets, and shares on the 13 Things Overachievers Do post inspired this idea to look at the “do nots.” As I researched and contemplated the many responses, the oft-quoted maxim: “Seek forgiveness, not permission” came to mind.

3. They do not use email before 9 am nor do they live in their inbox, unless of course they work for Google and work on Gmail. Same would go for overachievers at Microsoft working on Outlook. At U.S. News & World Report, Rebecca Thorman wrote about 7 Productivity Traps For Overachievers To Avoid and talked about stressing to have “inbox zero.”

Inbox Zero is when you absolutely have to maintain an empty inbox to feel satisfied. Here’s my advice: delete them. It feels quite lovely. And if it is really important, you’ll get a call or another email from that person. So, why do they not use email first thing? Because they want to get stuff done and even Yoda knows that you don’t fly into a black hole. At least not before lunch. Email is a black hole. We should call NASA and ask them to name a black hole with that term.

4. Go-Getters Do Not Try To Do It All Themselves

Did you read that post years ago about a Wall Street Journal reporter who tried to hire out ALL of his work to a virtual assistant (VA)? He even tried to send his VA to his therapy appointment. His therapist drew the line and said no, that he had to attend his therapy sessions on his own.

Trying to do everything yourself is a recipe for face plants. Not good. My friend, Michelle Mangen, runs a virtual assistant business and she has a useful resource page you might want to read: Resources – Your Virtual Assistant: Providing Virtual Services to Small Business Owners. It isn’t just for small biz owners, by the way. In the age of eLance, Guru, Odesk and other matchmaking services for contractors, you can easily find help for your projects. Or, do what I do and ask your network on LinkedIn or Twitter for contractor referrals.

5. End weakly. Rebecca wrote about this in her post: Many of us start with a bang and then peter out. Overachievers do not allow this; they finish strong. They recalibrate during the week to keep on task, on track. So, it is Thursday and I’m recalibrating. I do not want to end the week on a low note, but a high note, so give this post some love and help a recovering overachiever to succeed.


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