Four Times When You Need to Do Absolutely Nothing (and… the Origin of the New Year’s Day)

About 5,000 years ago, aliens landed and distributed small calendars to everyone who built those statues on Easter Island.

They said, “Here,” “Look here.” They pointed to a box with 1 January written on it.

“Wow,” said the Easter Islanders. “What? What? What????”

“It’s the first day of the year, you idiot. From now on, when you wake up on this day of the year every year, you’ll say, ‘This is the year!'”

“Thi I Yee”

“This is the year!”

“This is the year!”

“Yes, say it like you mean it. No more eating. No more dating losers. Exercising. Keep a diary. No more business failures. This is it! Continuous improvement!”

Then the aliens left. Everyone stood looking at each other. “January 1,” said an Easter Islander. “January 1!” Another repetition.

They started jumping, “January 1!!” Then they started push-ups. All of them. They started eating better.

They joined a gym that was at the other end of the island. They invented the disco.

But after only three months, they returned to hauling huge stones thousands of miles to make these great statues.

“January 1?” One said to another.

“Okay,” said the other, “maybe next year.”

And that, Molly, is the story of how January 1st became the most special religious holiday on the entire planet. It’s the day we wake up and say, Now I’m different.

The movie “January 1” went viral after that. First in Australia. Then with the Eskimos. and others.

Molly never said, you’re a good dad.

In 1501 there was a block of marble. Michelangelo carved it away, rolling out the marble every day for three years, until it finally became the greatest sculpture ever.

David Michelangelo.

Most people when they start something they think I should do it, and I have to add, I have to create.

Many New Year’s resolutions revolve around doing more. being over. achieve more. This is the year!

But greatness cannot be achieved unless it is raised. You can’t be a surgeon unless you wash your hands of dirt. You can’t have energy until you learn to sleep.

Knowing when to do nothing is the key to achieving something.

I learned this by wasting at least thirty years doing useless things.

Here are some of the times when I try really hard to do anything:


Things don’t always go my way even though I have a lot of control over The Force. So sometimes I get angry.

Anger is the winter coat above my fear.

When I’m angry, I try to figure out what my primary fear is.

Maybe I’m afraid of being a bad parent. Or that no one loves me. Knowing where the roots are allows you to harvest the field. I try to sit back and not act on my anger.

Sometimes it works. Sometimes I scream. Practice.


“Only the paranoid will survive,” wrote Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel.

This is a very ugly world. The only survivors left are the people who constantly look over their shoulder and whisper conspiracy theories to each other.

I got paranoid often. Someone is trying to trick me! And usually I’m right.

Paranewa is a “rarity knot”. I think, “If they do this, I’m lost forever!”

When I’m paranoid, I try to take a deep breath and… do nothing.

But don’t spend time (do nothing with…) with people who make you feel paranoid. This is another example of “nothing”.


Will this deal work? will you Love Me? Will I run out of money? Will they like my next book? Or a project? or whatever?

Did I say something wrong at the party? Am I a good father, husband, friend or partner?

Of course all of these things are important and important. But worry never helps them. Worrying only weakens you now and does nothing to solve the future.

And thinking about what other people think of you is the best way to hand your life over to them. your life!

Do you outsource your self-esteem to others’ opinions? Or the hopes that “something” will happen to change your life?

not do. I’m always thinking, how can I take back control. This is the fastest way to luxury.


Anatoly Karpov, a former world chess champion, said he only studies three hours a day. After that, he said, it’s useless.

We’re at our peak productivity 2-4 hours after we wake up, says Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational and one of my favorite podcast guests.

So I try to be productive during those hours. And when I’m tired, I try to read and take a nap or go to sleep all night.

I woke up about three hours ago. So this is the prime time of the day.

Another hour later, I’ll be watching “The Twilight Zone Marathon” for the rest of the day.

I admit I woke up today and said to myself, “This is the year!”

Because there is nothing wrong with thinking about it. This is also today. This is the hour. the moment!

And who knows. Maybe it will be.

But first, I did nothing. I went back to sleep and had a strange dream about Easter Island.

James Alcher He is the author of the bestselling book Choose Yourself, Editor at Altucher Report and famous podcast host, James Alcher show, which takes you beyond business and entrepreneurship by exploring what it means to be human and achieve well-being in an increasingly complex world. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Image courtesy of Luiz Fernando.

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