Day 5 - Be a Lazy Genius. ~ Chade-Meng Tan


5 Be a Lazy Genius.

CHADEMENGTANBOXPHOTOI am often most creative when I am lazy.

However, I need to be lazy
in a very particular way:
I need to be alert, relaxed and joyful,
and not be doing anything in particular
except allowing the mind to abide in that state.

The relaxed mind is calm and highly conducive to the arising of ideas.

When the mind has that quality, ideas often emerge that would otherwise not have come out of their comfortable hiding places when the mind is full of noisy chatter.

The joyful mind is highly conducive to finding connections between random ideas.

That quality of mind is like a playful child, always putting ideas together and finding something fun about their unexpected connections.

The clear and alert mind is like a patient photographer, sitting silently waiting for something beautiful to happen, and then skillfully framing the scene that emerges.

With those qualities combined, the alert, relaxed and joyful mind is a highly creative mind.

The way to access that state of mind is very simple:
just be lazy like me.

Simply sit without agenda, bring a gentle attention
to the present moment non-judgmentally for maybe half an hour,
and then allow any thought to arise or not arise on its own will.
That is all.

Chade-Meng Tan is the official Jolly Good Fellow of Google. A Google pioneer, an award-winning engineer, a New York Times bestselling author, a thought leader, and a philanthropist.



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