Bill Gates famously said, “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” What’s a real-life example of this?

Bill Gates famously said, “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” What’s a real-life example of this?

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  1. There’s a *huge* difference between someone who says “There has to be a more efficient way to do this” and who doesn’t accept “That’s the way it’s always been done”, and an actual lazy person.

    Every actual lazy person I’ve worked with has always done exactly the exact same thing when given a difficult task: tried to pass it off to someone else.

  2. When I was first promoted to management one of my tasks was to approve all my techs’ timesheets. There was a page n the computer that showed all 15 timesheets, and whether there were any errors in them. All I had to do was select each of them and click the approve button at the bottom of the page.

    Apparently someone in upper management wanted us to open and view each individual it,sheet, so they disabled that page. Instead of approving all of them in 5 minutes a day it now took almost a half hour to open 15 individual timesheets and approve them one by one.

    So I built a macro to do it. Instead of half an hour, or even 5 minutes, this task now took less than 1 minute per day.

  3. My crowning achievement was being the first to recognize a basic process we did at work was completely 100% pointless, it didn’t make any sense whatsoever and shortly after I pointed it out the president of the company told everyone to quit doing it.

    I suspect it was a process put in place by an executive with too much time on his hands years before. I was diplomatic when I brought my opinion to superiors but in reality my initial feelings on it were, “I fucking hate doing this and I don’t want to anymore..”

  4. There isn’t one. I have plenty of lazy coworkers and they don’t find workarounds; that’s called innovation.

    They just don’t do the work or they half ass it at the last minute.

  5. I have a reputation in my line of work to not be the hardest working person around.

    I also have a reputation for getting the job done and getting it done fucking right.

  6. Lazy people don’t do shit. They either accept the problem as is, or wait for someone else to fix it.

    Creative people solve a problem requiring the least amount of effort. They work smart, not hard. These two aren’t the same.

  7. Lazy people don’t do anything. *Efficient* people do things with the minimal effort necessary.

    Efficiency is laziness that can actually apply itself

  8. Cue the story about the naval captain who called in a command to adjust the course of the ship because the sun was in his eyes while he was eating a breakfast bagel.

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