The Underachiever’s Manifesto by Ray Bennett

The Guide to Accomplishing Little and Feeling Great

Underachievement are lost in pressure of success. We are all wired to strive for success. Always give your best or give 110%. What if it takes a toll on your personal life? This book will teach you to maximize happiness. It will teach you how to be happy even when you’re not achieving results or not giving your best.

Achievement is a dangerous addict. Mediocrity is the key to happiness. You are only 1 soul out of 6 billion and no other cares about your achievements. How you are doesn’t matter to anyone else. Think globally; underachieve locally. Even your friends might want to compete with your success. It might even harm them.

Your happiness is tied in relation to those around you and is not absolute. If you move to the third country, you will feel good about your salary. Striving is suffering. We always compete with those better than us. From young, we thought that achievement was our friend. Even if you are better than your friends in golf, you won’t be the next Tiger Woods. We always want to feel superior and this becomes an addiction. All these achievements may leave behind failed relationships etc. It’s like a disease. Achievement is an addiction. One needs to retrain their mind and soul.

The Ten Principles of Underachievement. 1) Life’s too short; 2) Control is an illusion; 3) Expectations lead to misery; 4) Great expectations lead to great misery; 5) Achievement creates expectations; 6) The law of diminishing returns applies everywhere; 7) Perfect is the enemy of good; 8) The tallest blade of grass is the surest to be cut; 9) Accomplishment is in the eye of the beholder; 10) The 4% Value-added principle. 1. Life is short. You can either relax or work hard. You choose. 2. Control is an illusion. Not everything is in your control. Your genes and place of birth have bearing on your success in life. If you don’t have those, it’s not your fault. 3. Expectations lead to misery. Treat a wedding like a party more than a play. Setting high goals leads to disappointment. 4. Great expectations lead to great misery. Same as above. 5. Achievement creates expectations. Companies’ stock get hammered if they can’t meet earning expectations. 6. Law of diminishing returns. Material items bring short term success. Is a $100 bottle of wine 10 times better than a $10 one? Benefits accrue at different rates. If you visit 10 temples in a day, you will forget the first 6. . 7. Perfect is the enemy of good. It is subjective. Good enough is good enough.. 8. The tallest blade of grass is the surest to be cut. Fly under the radar. Success will lead to envy and resentment. 9. Accomplishment is in the eye of the beholder. Who cares about your achievements even if you boast about them? If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing half-assed. 10. The 4% Value-Added Principle. We are 96% similar to chimpanzees, whether you’re successful or not. Being alive is your greatest achievement.

Too much achievement is dangerous. People like to scramble to take credit for their achievements. Sometimes, the culture is to defend your turf. Underachievers can just complete the work without a lot of complaining. You can accomplish more if you don’t aim for perfection. If you can’t get super rich, then don’t work so hard. Going the Extra Mile Leads to Exhaustion. As you become more successful, it will be harder for you to compete with those people at the top. With more time, you can take up more hobbies. Conversation is a lost art now. Speed dating is for over-achievers. Ugly people can have good sex too. You must settle for someone that less than perfect as a partner eventually. Do not expect too much from your spouse.

For example, if you’re going to spend weekends at work all the time, you’d better be making wheelbarrows full of money to compensate for all the time you’re not spending with your friends and family. Face the facts: you’re probably not going to be a millionaire, so why kill yourself? Go home and spend a lazy weekend with your kids. – Ray Bennett

It’s a safe bet that if you go all out and spend lavishly on your lover’s birthday, the same will be expected the following year. If you don’t pony up the big bucks again, you’ll have some explaining to do, and it won’t be pretty. It’s probably also a bad idea to be in a relationship with someone who expects you to keep upping the ante. – Ray Bennett

After a few weeks of responses like “I’d love to, but I have an important project to finish. Call me next week,” you’ll find your friends won’t bother calling anymore. – Ray Bennett

Don’t stick to a strict diet regime and spend a lot of money on clean foods. Consume in moderation. Don’t kill yourself over sticking to a strict diet.

Intense physical activity might actually shorten your life. No pain, no gain = no brain. Those bulking up are actually doing so to make up for shortcoming elsewhere in their live. Do not around yourself with very fit people or fitness books. Underachievers can walk and exercise their upper body. Do some stretching and sleep a lot.

Money’s great but it is worth working super long hours for it? Everyone is chasing for undervalued stocks and this led to a stock market bubbles and crashes. Index funds are more successful than actively managed stocks. Underachiever don’t have to invest to impress. What you have/what you want. Enjoy the peace of mind and not buy growth stocks.

Underachievement promotes healthier relationships. Don’t stress your children out by sending them for too many classes. The family that underachieves together stays together. You can find the balance to family harmony.

Religion might be linked to war, hatred, intolerance among other faiths etc. The problem is caused by the overachievers. They might feel one God is more superior as compared to another. In this sense, faith becomes an achievement. Some people only want others to subscribe to their world view of things.

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