A (BIASED) TAKE ON: Laziness and Shortcuts

BLOG POST IN A NUTSHELL: Intro into how I love shortcuts – the dual attitude toward it – something that Bill Gates said (completely distorted for my self-fulfilling purpose) – and a (biased) conclusion on why we need Shortcuts. 

True story.

True story.

So my Dad asks me to switch on a particular button on this extension-cord the other day. It takes me a quick scan of the floor, twice, to pinpoint the location of this Extension. I stood directly above it.

Turning it on meant I had to stoop over.

Bam! Without even thinking, I use the toe of my feet.

But there were too many plugs already inserted and hitting the right button meant I had to successfully guide my toe in between two thick power plugs. It was impossible.

So being the creative boy I was, I used my second-most strong finger — the index of the feet.

Click. The switch glows red. I smile. El victorioso!

I turned around to find my father staring at me with such a disgust, you might as well have thought I’d smacked a baby in the face.

I paused. “What?”

“It’s not that low, and you, for sure, are not that tall. I don’t think it’s that hard to bend down a little, is it?”

I consider that a moment. And decide he is wrong. I am tall.


And it isn’t about how difficult or easy it is to bend my body. It is about, Isn’t there a quicker way to do it?

But I end up giving lame excuses about how creative my mind is, and some lousy metaphor regarding why go to the pizza store when you can dial the number and order it home. However, I fail to deliver it with any conviction, so end up getting a disapproving shake of my father’s head and a notable disappointment.

But all this only leaves me thinking. Man, on a better day, I could have just gotten away with the same thing by coming off as smart.

Like, what if we were caught up by bandits, hands tied, and our only survival depended upon pressing that one red button on the power cable full of too many plugs? That’s… a… possibility. Right?

Anyway. This brings me to think about this dual attitude toward “Shortcuts.” On one side, they are the sure-short sign of the lazy. While on the other, they are the super-tool of the smart.

So, combining the above two, can’t we safely deduce that “shortcuts” are smart works of the lazy minds?



Now you maybe smart but if you aren’t a tad bit lazy, you won’t go for the shortcuts. Similarly, if you’re just lazy and not smart, you’d ignore the task altogether than search for the easiest way out.

Here’s the wisdom of ages, folks… striking that sweet balance is important.

Mr. Bill Gates… invariantly said, “I choose a lazy person to do the hard job… they always find the easiest way to do it.”

There are many propagators of “Shortcuts”. But the most popular one (and the only one I can remember) has to be our very own, the champion of the geeks, Mr. Bill Gates, who invariantly said, I choose a lazy person to do the hard job… they always find the easiest way to do it.”

Find the easiest way to do a difficult job!

I don’t know about you, but that’s just plain creativity for me.

So if that’s the case, wouldn’t it suggest that being lazy gives you an opportunity to be creative. I won’t daresay that it confirms creativity. But it opens a window. It hints that your brain might have been designed to come up with beautiful shortcuts to adapt to the laid-back nature of your body. It’s basic survival tactics, friends. Like humans dropping their tails over the years as it turned increasingly useless.

Not much differently, lazy people develop creativity because their lazy body demands it.

So it’s not totally bad to be lazy. In fact, we need the lazy. We need more people coming up with shortcuts. Things get invented when people start thinking of shortcuts. Things like calculators.

See… all I’m really trying to say is… well, if you really want to eat that pizza… just dial the number, man.

Laziness Level: 100

Laziness Level: 100