I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things. Lech Walesa
I learned a Napoleonic concept in college. The professor attributed the quote to Rommel, but I wasn’t successful in confirming this. Nonetheless, it is an interesting thought:
Someone once asked Napoleon how he decided where to assign soldiers. Napoleon’s reply was that it’s simple: soldiers are either smart or dumb, lazy or energetic.
The smart and energetic I make field commanders. They know what to do and can rally the troops to do it.
The smart and lazy I make generals. They also know what to do, but they’re not going to waste energy doing what doesn’t need to be done.
The dumb and lazy I make foot soldiers.
But what about the dumb and energetic? “Those,” Napoleon replied, “I shoot.”
Perhaps something similar applies to entrepreneurs.
The dumb and lazy collect a pay check and aren’t going to mess with entrepreneurship. The smart and energetic often confuse working harder with making progress, but through shear volume of work sometimes make it big.
And the dumb and energetic are an investors worst nightmare.
The smart and lazy, now they know it could BE different.