Welcome to Kanselor University. Today, I want to share with you a key success principle called WHITE SPACE that the rich use massively to drive their success.
I became conscious of the principle of white space while watching an interview Warren Buffet gave to Charlie Rose. During the interview, Charlie Rose asked Warren Buffet about the small book that Warren Buffet always carried where he wrote down what he was going to do each day. Charlie Rose asked Warren if he could see what Warren Buffet had written as the things he will be doing in the days that week.
That was where I saw the magic of White space in the book. Warren Buffet will write one or two things as what he wanted to accomplish in a day or even a week. Charlie rose then asked him why he had so much empty space in his TO DO book. Warren Buffet then said that most people fill their days with lots of things usually small things that they want to achieve in a day and at the end of the day have little space left to fit in the big things that are critical to success. He said he does the reverse. He picks something big he wants to achieve in a day and gives it a lot of time, that is he deliberately creates a lot of white space. And this white space he use to focus on doing just the few very critical things that are important for success in life.
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Jesus once told us how powerful White space for big ideas are when he was invited to the house of Martha the sister of Lazarus. Martha when she saw Jesus started to run around preparing the meal and getting the house ready for Jesus dinner while her sister Mary just sat at Jesus feet listening to Him share principles of life. Martha came and asked Jesus to tell Mary to come and help her in serving. But Jesus told Martha about WHITE SPACE. He said to Martha "You are spending your time active and worrying about many things but only very few things are critical to make you successful and Mary has chosen to give her time to those few and vital things.
Personally, I used to fill my day with lots of things I will be doing in a day but after learning about the WHITE SPACE principle, I have taken time to list the things that are critical to making Kanselor University successful. And its to those those that I gives hours in my to do list. I create a lot of empty space in my usually busy schedule and dedicate those time space to those things I have decided are critical to making Kanselor University successful.
When you decide to create white space by eliminating a lot of things that usually cluster your time, realize that nature abhors vacuum. You thus must deliberately resist allowing other stuffs to creep into your white space.
General Collin Powell once shared how he rushed to see President Ronald Reagan to inform him that a lot of Japanese companies where buying up critical buildings in USA. He said as he talked, the president was watching two birds playing. When the General finished, Reagan pointed to the two birds and asked him if they were not beautiful? The general was shocked and asked the President if heard what he just told him. This time Reagan asked him if the Japanese activities would affect the National security of the United state and when the General said NO, Reagan told him that it then had nothing to do with him as the president and went back to his bird watching.
Having a TO DO list is critical to success but the TO DO list must always contain only the few but critical things that are vital to your success.
Now, here is how to create a white space
TO DO LIST
8 am - 8.30 am ---------------- Read bible and pray
8.30 - 93.0 am -----------------Review work of team members
9.30 am - 10.00am -------------Send mails
10.00 am --3.00pm -------------Call and visit key customers ( 5 hours of white space to focus solely on customers)
3.00pm - 5pm ------------------Read Business growth book (Two hours of white space focused on business intelligence)
Looking at this todo list, you will see that it contains just five items for the whole day and all of them are key items that will grow a business