How to increase a performance of a team? One of the best ways is by improving the performance of its weakest link. In fact, a team is said to be as strong as its weakest link. Take for example a football team (also known as soccer). This team can be generally divided into offense, middle, defense and a goalkeeper. If one of these areas of a team is weak it will decrease performance of the whole team. For example, if offense is weak, a team will not be able to score many goals. A weak middle will decrease the number of passes to offense and put more pressure of defense. A weak defense will put more pressure on goalkeeper. Finally, a weak goalkeeper is likely to defend fewer goals.
In life, we are also as strong as our weakest link. We have many needs and the needs that less satisfied are often the ones that we have to pay more attention to. This is not to say that there are needs that are essentially useless, but which we pursuit anyway. Still, our less satisfied relevant needs tare our weakest links. The exercise therefore becomes to discover what are the areas of our lives, which are important to us and which we have as the weakest links.
In this chapter we will follow the paradigm of 4 Pillars of Life described by Tai Lopez, whereas the area of life that are most important to pursuit are: Health, Wealth, Social and Emotional. I will describe what these pillars entail in this chapter, but for now it is important to know there other needs not represented by these 4 pillars. It is virtually impossible to give a full representation of human drivers and desires, but I try to make it as complete as possible by also using the paradigm of Pyramid of Needs created by Maslow and further elaborate on the other needs, specifically relevant to find freedom in our marketing influenced world.
As you read through this chapter, try to identify what needs you have most satisfied and which you have the least. Chances are that your life, career and hobbies surrounds the needs in life you have most satisfied and that you are already working on the least satisfied ones. If you are not, I urge you to do this work, as it will bring you the best results in your life.
Furthermore, if we look, for example, at Wealth (money) pillar, we often find a lot of people who think that the only way to find satisfaction in life is to get as rich as possible. By having money they imagine that it will solve their problems and automatically satisfy the other pillars of life. This is true to a certain point, but usually does not follow through so linear as these people expect. Many rich people don’t have their social lives together, are far from perfect in health, and are over stressed and not happy to enjoy their lives to the fullest. The same can be said for other people whom pursuit other 3 pillars, thinking that this is the solution to their long lasting life satisfaction.
Moreover, most people never consider “how much is enough” to make them happy. The natural assumption is to think that the more the better, but without a clear-cut goal for when to stop, the pursuit becomes pointless. In case of money, people forever try to make more money, not realizing that this activity does not make them happy and end up always unsatisfied. Later in this chapter I will propose that 75,000 dollars per year as one of the possible numbers you can be looking at. When a person reaches this number, I propose for people to stop trying to make money for the sakes of it, and to pursuit other goals that may make them happier.