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The Bezos way—sleep, puttering, and three high-quality decisions a day

2018-10-16


Jeff Bezos has always been one of those people whose ideas and thinking make a lot of sense to me. When he talks, I listen.

So when I recently came across a fantastic interview with Jeff Bezos, I jumped right in. The entire interview is great and I really think watching the whole thing is worth your time. But there was one section that really stuck out to me: his prioritization of sleep, calm, and quality.

It’s 2 minutes and 29 seconds of your day well spent, but here’s the basic gist:

This is astonishing and inspirational for all the right reasons. For all we hear about how awesome it is that people are constantly “hustling”, working 20 hour days, sending 50 emails from bed, and squeezing every minute of the day for max productivity, we have in front of us Jeff Bezos — one of the most successful business people in the world— puttering.

Sleep. Calm. Prioritizing. Quality over quantity. Recognizing limits. These are the kinds of principles that have made him a wild success in the long run. I think we’d all do well to mimic these practices.

Excuse me while I go putter around for a while. 🚶