Learn to accept that. A real procrastinator doesn't care what anybody thinks of him or her. You follow the Lazy Mindset and embrace a life of leisure because it makes sense to you, not because it gains approval of others.
This can be hard, especially when that person that disagrees with you or gives you a hard time about being lazy and not having a typical 9-5 job, is a close friend, family member, or significant other.
I will go over some points you can make to increase your “conversion” rate, but there is no guarantee that you’ll still land 100% in getting others to come to Lazy Island and do less with more focus.
The goal of convincing someone with an opposing opinion that your opinion is correct, in any case, and not just trying to convince them to follow the Lazy Mindset, is not to hit them hard with counter-arguments or solid evidence. That only triggers their defensive shield. They aren’t open to hearing them.
No, you want a more tactful and careful approach. You’re like a rogue sneaking into their mind subtly, rather than a barbarian beating thoughts into them with nothing but brute force.
Questions are more effective than declarative statements in this case. You want that seed to take root deep in their subconscious and grow into a wild jungle, a jungle of Lazy Island.
Besides, arguing is a waste of energy, which could of course be a whole topic in and of itself.
Here are some effective Seeds of Laziness to plant in the minds of doubters that tell you to get a nice desk job, instead of stayin’ on the couch all day.
1. The “Hardest Workers Aren’t the Most Successful” Seed
I said it before and I’ll say it again.: If hard work lead to success, than all coal miners would be billionaires.
Coal miners, deep sea fisher-men, roofers, construction workers, firefighter -- pick an extremely labor intensive job with dangerous working conditions.
You’re not going to point to facts and figures and salaries though. Simply ask them:
how hard do you think coal miners work?
They’ll probably tell you “oh that’s one of the hardest jobs, a lot of physical work, etc.”
Get them to admit, themself, that yes, coal mining (or whatever job you chose in your argument) is hard work.
After they reply, go ahead and ask how much money do you think they make?
They’ll ball park some number; doesn't matter what their answer is, but it’ll probably not be billions (or even millions for that matter).
The answer is $60-70k a year, by the way, but you’re not concerned about bringing up facts here. You just want to get them to associate working hard with a low figure salary. They’ll do this naturally because it’s their own thoughts and words answering your questions. It’s not something you barked at them or aggressively forced them to think about .No input needed from you. You’re just guiding them into the Lazy Mindset; you’re planting those seeds of doubt.
How much harder do you think they should have to work to become a successful a billionaire?
This does two things:
First, they just admitted that coal mining (or whatever) is one of the hardest jobs that exists, so they can’t say “well, they aren’t working hard”
Second, it makes them think well, maybe, just maybe all that hard work isn’t going somewhere.Likely though, they’ll try to make a counterpoint. This is just them in denial at this point. Just nod and smile and switch topics.
Whatever their answer is, it doesn’t matter. You’re done. The seed is planted. They have now begun to think about how the hardest working people aren’t the richest. That’s good enough. That’s all you need. Go no further.
Try to dig it any deeper and it won’t be able to grow it or try to get them to a say a specific answer or god forbid, agree with you and accept the Lazy Mindset and your leisure lifestyle, then you’ll dig it out. Either way, it’ll be harder to plant next time, so you’re better off just leaving it be. Trust in the seed of laziness.
Quickly change the topics to something completely unrelated. I don’t know, a current event, something you’re watching on Netflix, your latest trophy you earned on PSN, whatever, just get off topic.
By the way, you want to ask these questions in a casual child-like “I’m just curious about what you think" tone. Don’t be condescending or overly critical. That will, again, trigger the defensive shields. You have to sneak past that security system without setting it off. Don’t force or rush them into changing their beliefs. Be lazy and laid back in your approach. At the end of the say, if they don’t agree with you, it’s no big deal; you don’t care.
2. The “Billionaires Don’t Do Shit” Seed
Mark, Zukerberg, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates, just to name a few were all college drop outs. Not only did they drop out of school, but if you look at what they did to earn their success and billions, they were people with innovative ideas that inspired others and leadership powerful enough to convince those other people do the work for them. They were lazy geniuses, procrastinators with purpose.
Sure, we have the idea that they “worked hard” to get where they got, but truth is, they did just enough work to get by.
Engineers and programmers did the work, yet received none of the credit. I mean certainly you can find those names, but you have to dig pretty deep. Just as an example, if you search for “Who invented the iPad?”, it’ll tell you that it was “announced by” Steve Jobs. Scrolling down the Wiki article, you’ll learn he LED a team of engineers.
He wasn’t picking up the screwdriver and soldering the parts together himself, no, he wasn’t working hard to get it on the shelves.
He knew what he wanted and made it happen.
Billionaires don’t do shit. They know what they want and find the right people, technology, and systems to bring it to fruition.
If you work hard, you’ll be the no name who spent countless hours experimenting, testing, and building the iPad rather than the lazy man that everyone attributes the success of the product to.
Pick a successful business owner and ask:
How many people do you think s/he ever hired to do work for them along their way to becoming a billionaire?
They’ll give some answer about how s/he probably hired some sort of staff, and may even add how that person had to work hard to get to that point, and didn’t just start out hiring people. They had to network and work hard and blah blah blah.
Ignore their attempts to fire you up. Follow up the question and ask:
So an effective way to become a billionaire is to find the right people who do work for me or should I try to do it all myself instead? What do you think?
This seems like you’re asking for advice and not trying to start an argument. It’s a friendly approach that lessens the sensitivity of those wonderful defense shields.
They may again, bring up how it takes some initial hard work. They’re hamstering at this point, trying to rationalize a billionaire’s laziness. They have already thought about the fact that it’s not all hard work, and that eventually someone will get other people to do work for them. That’s enough for them to gnaw on and get a taste of the delicious pizza flavored Lazy Mindset.
Listen to what they say and “thank” them for the advice. Then again, trade topics immediately. Seed planted. Mission complete.
3. The “Laziness is Evolution” Seed
Every invention, ever, since the wheel, was invented by a lazy person.
We make progress in society by embracing laziness, not by working harder. Our entire purpose of human innovation is to create more leisure for ourselves and to do things in an easier and more effective way.
Lives get easier and lazier the more we discover, learn, and evolve.
Unfocused hard work stagnates progress on a flate line. In order to move on a steady incline, we have to do less with more focus.
If society was built by hard workers and the lazy ones didn’t exist, we’d still be living in caves.
What’s a popular invention that increased productivity but also increased the amount of work and effort required?
(Hint: There is none)
That’s a trick question, kind of a dirty tactic, but gets the point across.
Inventions increase productivity while lowering the amount of work, effort, and manual input necessary to get the task or job done.
4. The “Slow n’Steady Wins the Race” Seed
Ask them: You remember that Tortoise and the Hare story as a kid?
Of course they do! Everyone does, I mean unless they were living under a rock.
And if they say they haven’t either they’re just saying that to sort of shut down your argument or are plain ignorant.
Then ask if they remember the moral of the story.
“Slow n’ Steady wins the race, of course!”
Well should I slowly move towards my goals and *eventually* accomplish them or should I rush into them and eventually burn out, never to complete them?’
Again, like you’re asking for some sort of advice. Make them dive into their own thoughts.
You can’t win 'em all
It’s going to be a tough battle if you try to destroy their definition of what “laziness” is to them, they are so deeply subdued it’s not even funny, so just plant seeds instead and let the cogs start ticking.
You’re being lazy and letting the debate run itself without participating much.
The toughest opponent you’ll face in a debate is your own mind, so let your opponent debate with their own toughest opponent.
If all else fails and they still don’t want to embrace the Lazy Mindset, then just show them how it works.
Actions speak louder than words, or perhaps better stated: inaction speaks louder than words.
There’s no sense in wasting your mental energy or physical breath trying to convince someone to join the lazy side if they’re that stubborn or brainwashed in the “work hard” propaganda .
It’s like a childhood religion they can’t let go of. They’ve been brainwashed their whole lives to believe that hard work is the way to success.
That’s okay, doesn’t bother you. You’ll just live your lazy lifestyle as a procrastinator and show them, THIS is the way to success.
They’re probably just jealous, but instead of being inspired to change their ways they call you “entitled” and “lazy”.
Let the haters hate.
Meanwhile, we procrastinators procrastinate.
We do what we want and get away with it.