The 80% productivity lie

Folding fingers signaling a lie


That’s all it takes.

Just one number to RUIN your long term motivation, KILL your daily productivity, and STOP you from reaching your number one goal right now.

But let me tell you about him first. A while back I met this guy who was down on his luck.

No job.

No education.

No learned skills.

No chance of ever improving and getting ahead in his career. Stuck in a low-wage job was his destiny as far as he was concerned.

Just not a good place find yourself.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the worst part. No, as usual, when it piles on, you get a buttload of crap.

Yeah, he was the kind of guy who had no social skills. Realistically, walking up to anyone, introducing himself and having a back-and-forth conversation just wasn’t something he believed he could do so he never did.

Always hanging out by himself.

Really, he was the kind of guy who took life as it came to him. If nothing happened, he’d head back to his comfortable cave, watch some TV, and take it easy.

If catastrophe showed its face up ahead or lurked around the corner, only then would he step up and take precautionary measures. Always last minute and it took enormous energy.

I knew the guy.

I didn’t want him to willingly walk towards this so-called dark “destiny.” Not when there are other paths he could walk on.

So I began to push and coach him; led him to where he can pick up new skills.

Because of what I know and my third-person perspective, I could see the stuff he couldn’t. What he had to do now and what pitfalls to avoid to change his situation.

Weeks later when I came to check up on his progress, I was glad he had implemented some changes. They were small but it was something.

However, looking into it further, I discovered he still watched TV for hours on end. Surely this wasn’t right because didn’t he have stuff to do now?

So I asked him point blank, “If you had to give it a percentage, how much of your total effort would you say you are placing in improving and changing yourself?”


That was his answer.

And it made me upset.

According to him, he was putting nearly everything he had for self-improvement.

Yet, he still managed time to spend all day watching TV.

Can you see the disconnect?

Do you see that something is not right?

Doesn’t one lead to the decrease of the other?

He had fooled himself into thinking that starting all these moves was it. The problem will come when he fails to see immediate results and he’ll think none of this is working. He’ll stop and slide back to his old self.

It’s true what they say, whatever you spend most of your attention on is what you secretly really prioritize and value most.

  • If you’re alway out clubbing, then you love meeting new people and dancing with the opposite sex.
  • If you spend the most hours in dining out and generally eating, you value stuffing yourself over everything else.
  • If you sit on the couch and watch TV all day, you enjoy relaxing and doing nothing.

You may fool yourself into thinking you want something else, but the proof is in your actions. You may lie to yourself but your actions won’t.

When you’re lost and confused, always look into what you are doing most of the day and you’ll see where to start changing yourself and get the biggest bang for the buck.

That’s the only true productivity guidance you need to know.

Now to spend time on what matters most and truly change, click here.

Credit: Alexa LaSpisa

I don't know. Sometimes it feels like my writing & thoughts are way off. Who knows if it'll help anyone or if it means anything.

Written by Steve Villaverde

  1. david says:


  2. $name says:

    Yep, it’s true. I might add though, sometimes you need to show people what they want. Think Steve Jobs.

  3. A fish says:

    Humans create their own reality. That’s all I will say.

  4. Too damn helpfull says:

    I can’t stop helping people. Everyone. Family, friends, people I barely know. My family is struggling but yet I can’t stop helping others. I was taught it was a good thing. A human, Christian, good, whatever you want to say thing. I teach my children to help those in need, but I think I have a serious problem. I’m not sure what to do, because as I said I am doing a greater good, but my own family is suffering, or soon will be. How do I stop? I just can’t say no. I think people are realizing that and taking full advantage, which eventually will lead to turmoil. Turmoil for me not them. I need advice. How can I stop. Saying no doesn’t work cause even though I mean no yes is what comes out of my dumbass mouth.

  5. maria says:

    If one does not take care of oneself financially and in health and in family first…no one will be there when you need help….hard lessons learned in my life.

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