backyard room additions easy house additions home addition with basement third lake home addition construction buffalo grove md kitchen and bath buffalo grove .. Chicago Drug testing

Busy Beavers Build Piles Of Sticks

"Well, you're just a busy beaver, aren't you?" You've either heard or used this cliche, but what do you know about beavers? Let me tell you about something I learned.

One night on the Discovery Channel, I watched a scientist determine how beavers knew where to put the sticks to build their dams. It's by the sound of water, he discovered. A recording of running water would soon have the beavers busy covering the tape player with sticks. He could get them to build useless piles of sticks anywhere he wanted.

What a great metaphor! Aren't we often building useless piles of sticks? We keep busy, responding to whatever drives us, but without doing anything truly productive. My personal favorite is making redundant to-do lists, or adding something already done to my list, just to check it off. Talk about a useless pile of sticks!

Efficiency Versus Effectiveness

It's worth noting that the beavers were very efficient at piling sticks on tape recorders. It didn't help the dam construction one bit, of course. Efficiency clearly doesn't equal effectiveness, but is it so obvious in our own lives?

Sometimes when we look deep enough we find that we are busy building nothing. For example, a man can be efficient at his job, and think he's effective, maybe because sales are up. Then he sees that he doesn't like the job, and isn't building the future he wants. The company may love him, but his effort is producing nothing more than a pile of sticks, as far as he's concerned.

Even the tape player gets to be part of this metaphor. Don't we sometimes follow our own internal "tapes," and do useless things as a result? We don't have to though. It's time to take a look at our daily routines. It's time to be an effective beaver instead of a busy beaver.

Steve Gillman writes on many self help topics including boosting brainpower, losing weight, meditation, habits of mind, creative problem solving, learning gratitude, generating luck and anything related to self improvement. You'll find more at http://www. Self Improvement Now .com

In The News:

Bill Gates: Why He is the Richest Man in the World

Bill is a man for the people, of the people... Read More

Will You Be Successful?

We all want success. You do. So do I. Some... Read More

Success Secrets of The Rich - Are Rich People Lucky?

I've just sent an email to my mailing list based... Read More

Persist Until You Succeed

The start of a new year is a good time... Read More

The Definition of WIN!

When you look into the eyes of a winner, what... Read More

Success: How to Ask the Right Questions

Q. My problem is that I have trouble keeping my... Read More

Super Success ?- Reach Out and Take It

This is a little primer on how to start, survive... Read More

Ten, Humourous, Power Attitudes

The ability to achieve our enormous untapped potential is directly... Read More

Perseverance - How To Quit Quitting

The Definition Of PerseveranceFrom a dictionary: "Persisting in or remaining... Read More

Small But Mighty!

When most of us are asked the most important possession... Read More

Success Through Expertise - Bring In The Experts Or Become An Expert Yourself

This morning, on TV, I was amazed to see how... Read More

Build Rapport Through Buzzwords

What if I told you that you could be more... Read More

Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

They say that if you really want to stretch yourself... Read More

Average Sucks!

The very first "motivational speaker" I heard as an adult... Read More

The Curse of Success Geniuses

Don't talk to me about how to succeed! I've read... Read More

Self-confidence - How To Develop This Important Key to Success

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key... Read More

The Gravitational Pull of ANTs, WORMS & FEARS

What is an ANT? An ANT is an acronym for... Read More

What is Failure Anyway?

Does it surprise you that only 400 cokes were sold... Read More

Remembering What You Read - Nine Effective Strategies

Reading lots these days? Having trouble remembering and recalling? For... Read More

The #1 Success Secret of All Time

From time to time I receive correspondence from individuals with... Read More

Reach Your Goals - Using Eastern Wisdom

Take a page from Eastern wisdom Meditation, martial arts that... Read More

Introducing 4 Indispensable Strategies For Success

I would like to use this medium to introduce my... Read More

Is This Your Time To Take Action?

If you are sick and tired of the dreaming phase... Read More

Freedom, the Foundation of Your Desires

Freedom is the deeper meaning, the foundation behind all of... Read More

How a Biscuit Taught Me a Priceless Lesson in Life

There are no two greater ironic comparisons than that of... Read More

induction street high bay led lighting fixtures Pete's produce ..
induction street high bay led lighting fixtures Pete's produce ..