Flashback Friday: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem

by | Nov 15, 2019

by Ben Hess, Managing Director, ThirdPool Recruiting

“I’m too busy.”  This is the most common complaint I hear from real estate managers who fail to spend proactive time on recruiting.

In today’s flashback, Dave Mashburn reminds us that struggling with business is not something new.

It turns out that even 2,000 years ago people were prone to being “too busy” for their own good.

According to the Roman philosopher Seneca, ancient Romans suffered from the same problem.

In his writings, Seneca berated his readers for failing to see time as a valuable commodity.

He knew that no meaningful activity could be successfully pursued by an individual who is preoccupied or frequently distracted.

Everyone who hustles his life along is troubled by a longing for the future and weariness of the present.

The solution that Seneca provided his readers still works today:

The man who organizes every day as though it were his last, neither longs for nor fears the next day.

Busyness is an addiction that prevents us from focusing on what really matters.  Don’t let it steal away your success.

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