Advice for Low Achievers

I recently read a fascinating book called “What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite.”

In one chapter of the book, the latest research on neuroscience and low achievers versus high achievers was explained.

Some people—and we know who they are—seem to have boundless energy and the unwavering determination to succeed, while others struggle to get things done. Left to their own devices, these people become world class flaneur, Bohemians or losers. Most people kind of fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.

What this research found is that the high achievers are motivated by the thought of success; the low achievers are not.

Low achievers just want to do what they love doing.

The research discussed in the book showed that if you give people the wrong strategy, they will underperform. If you give high achievers a positive reinforcement of “fun” regarding the task at hand, they will underperform. Perhaps if they think that the project is too much fun, they’ll see it as less valuable.

So, where am I going with this?

If you find yourself struggling to get things done, perhaps you are not a natural high achiever.

What’s great is that it doesn’t matter that much because you can still win. High achievers tend to burn themselves out. Low achievers can succeed; they just have to work differently to be productive.

To do this, make sure that your work routine is fun.

I’m not sure exactly where I belong in this spectrum of low achievers to high achievers, but I know that I’m not a super high achiever. I don’t work relentlessly on a project. I just need to do something that I enjoy doing.

Making your routine more fun means not working for long hours without taking breaks.

If you work from home, you need to plan some activities in your day so that you’re not inside working all the time.

One thing that I do that makes my work infinitely more enjoyable is listening to music.

I know other people who work from home—Internet marketers and so on—who put on a movie. So they get some work done, and then they watch five or ten minutes of their movie, and then they go back to work. Repeat the cycle, and you’ve got a reward system that makes the work portion more enjoyable.

What else can you do? You can realize what kind of person you are. Do you enjoy more human contact? If that’s the case, you might want to make sure that you hire somebody locally instead of virtually.

If there are certain tasks that you don’t like, you can batch them together.

For example, if you hate making phone calls, make all of your phone calls at the same time.

Another good piece of advice comes from Brian Tracy: Eat that frog.

The easiest way to eat a frog is to do it first thing in the morning. That means doing the most unpleasant and difficult task first. When it’s done, you feel better about it, you feel better about yourself, and you can move on to more pleasant activities.

Are there other ways you can make your work more fun? Let me know.