Forbes’ ‘Dirty Secret’

IMPORTANT: For explanation of EE’s and EV’s/TT’s, see the bottom of this article.



I’d like to talk about several lists that I saw on LinkedIn and Forbes, respectively. 

It has to do with Energy Thieves. Or Time Thieves. Time Wasters. Whatever fancy name you want to Give’em. I do not really care. What I do care about though is the negligence from either site as it is clear they have missed something critical. 

But first, I’m going to go through the list. 

And no, I don’t remember specifically Which point was written on Which site. 

All I remember is, it was a Google Search and LinkedIn and Forbes stood out like sore thumbs. Not because of their content, but because of their names [if that tells you anything].

Anyway, let’s get to it. 

According to my Google Search, featuring both LinkedIn and Forbes, the following are the most common time Thieves in [career] people’s lives;

  • Interruptions
  • Unnecessary meetings 
  • Social media 
  • Emails and phones 
  • Failing to delegate
  • Not knowing how to say no
  • Procrastination
  • Falling to plan 

There were a lot more points in total. 

But, these were the main points that I kept see appearing in various articles and blog posts over and over again. It looks indeed like a lot of people working have difficulties giving their attention to the right people at the right Time.

Don’t you just love it when your annoying colleague interrupts you for the n’th time or your boss schedules an hour long meeting that isn’t necessary at all, because it could all be solved in a matter of 10 minutes over the water cooler?

And, herein lies the Secret that Neither site has mentioned yet.

It’s not so much about the items on the list. 

Although they are indeed important. 

But, let’s face it. 

None of the items on the list would have applied, had it not been for one, major component that you pretty much deal with on a daily basis [unless your life is really weirded out]. The so-called ‘dirty secret’ or the Secret that makes all of the items on this list as dirty as they appear: Other people. 

In particular the EV’s, who facilitate time theft. 

Expect me to make this a major point going forward, as you can get back a lot of things in life – money for one, by sheer work. 

Same goes with materialistic possessions and, no pun intended, to some degree, people. 

But time?

Not so much.

Hence, you need to be smart about how you interact with and allow other people to interact with you. 

Unless you prefer being devoured into an Energy Suck. Which, ultimately, leads to a time suck. 

And, now is a good time to remind y’all that I offer [paid and expensive] coaching calls on this topic. So, if you ain’t broke and you like investing significant amounts of money into yourself, we could talk. If not, carry on with your day.

Simply put,

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EE: Energy Enabler. A positive, happy and uplifting person that makes you feel good and who wants you to succeed. They always cheer for you and they want to Believe in you. Makes you want to want to go around and affect other people in the same way. Often good looking and successful. 

EV/TT: Energy Vampire or Time Thief. EV’s are Someone who brings you down mentally and psychologically. Often they attack you passive aggressively or they use your attention to make themselves feel good. Hardly or never compliments you. You feel like all life has been sucked out of you when you interact with them. TT’s are similar, only they are much more subtle.

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