June 4, 2014

Living a Lie

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Don’t worry I’m not about to announce that my life is a sham and that all I really want to do is become a drag queen called Amanda Lick.

No. I’m talking about the lie that ‘all tasks are equal’.

Let me you run though my normal day.

I get up, drive my wife to the station, walk the dog for 90 minutes, have a shower get changed, breakfast, answer emails, speak to potential clients, lunch, do the washing up.

By that stage it’s probably 2pm. Then it’s time to walk the dog again for another hour, check out social media and professional journals for relevant developments, before starting to prepare dinner. Now I haven’t even factored in any public speaking at that point. I may have to drive or get on a train, or fly for 5 or 6 hours before speaking to a conference or other event.

I can already hear the indignation in your voices. My day is a cake walk to what some of you are doing, juggling work, children, shopping, cleaning, exercise, and perhaps if you’re lucky an occasional (very occasional) drink with friends.

However, while all the stuff you do is probably important and urgent, if you took a moment to reflect, I wonder if like me you confuse activity for productivity?

I’m particularly lucky in my job and I meet a lot of very clever, ambitious and successful people. This week I learned a valuable lesson from one of them that achievement is not down to doing lots of things poorly, it’s about doing one thing really well.

It’s going to be hard to break the habit of a lifetime but tomorrow I’m going to try and prioritise just one thing and do it really well. Let’s see where it will take me…


Click here to watch Marc’s showreel. If you would like to find out more about Marc, visit www.marchoganlive.com or to book him for a speaking event please contact your favourite speaker bureau.

 

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