The path of least resistance if often the one with least reward

Personal Development, Peak Performance, Career Development, Coaching, MentoringPersonal development and peak performance principles often are a combination of dilemmas and conundrums wrapped up in paradoxes.

On the one hand you want and should aim to get the best result with the least amount of effort and yet to grow, you need to stop cutting corners when seeking shortcuts.

How can you tell the difference between the two?

I don’t know a sure fire way except that “you know in your gut” – intuitively – when you’re being lazy versus being efficient.

I recently had a client ask me the following question:

After recording an interview with a specialist, how he could leverage it beyond using it as a new employee training tool?

If he gave it a serious effort role playing a final exam question whereby 70% of his grade depended on the list he could create in 3 minutes or less, chances are he would come up with 80 to 90% of the list that I would propose.

But he didn’t.

Was it because he’s lazy?


The challenge we all have is to catch ourselves when we are being intellectually lazy. Like any other muscle, the brain (intellect) needs to be exercised to grow stronger, more capable. We can only do that through mental exercise.

This was an ideal opportunity. A missed opportunity.

As his mentor, I responded with this blog post AND the suggestion to do as suggested above. It would have been quicker and easier for me to give him a to do list, but that would create a dependency that I don’t want to initiate.

I believe in the Socratic method of guiding, mentoring and coaching leveraging an Exponential MasterMind Experience to embolden and enrich the sensations and associations whenever possible (I shared this blog post with other Platinum Program Members months ago).

The next time you’re gut tells you you’re cutting corners, use the opportunity to step up to another level and ask yourself the question “I know I don’t know, but if I did know…”

You might just surprise yourself!

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