The Nature of the Mind

That’s why you keep complaining – I have no time, no time, it’s not that you don’t have time, you have no control over your mind. It’s not you, its everybody

When the mind is out of control, the mind has a tendency to ramble- you understand ramble- so the mind- the natural tendency of the mind is it cannot remain in a fixed place of concentration. It will go into worries of the past or it will get into anxiety for the future. It can never remain in the present. Everybodies mind. (hmm). And this not only destroys your peace, because you are stressed, you are anxious, It destroys your productivity a lot. (pause). So you see a tennis player playing beautifully in the match and suddenly when it is a crucial point he will make a stupid error, double fault, he will hit the ball one foot wide- you‘ll say that how can you do that? The mind is agitated. He is thinking about winning rather than the ball and you make errors. so all the time your mind is on the past or the future. It’s never in the present action and that’s why you are not productive. See……. Was saying- telling you, he belongs to this group, the world’s biggest… largest I would say …. CEO group – it is called the YPO- right? and I speak to them a lot. Ya- ya – Even other CEO groups I speak to- and I ask them ok- you guys are 10 hours in the office, right- whatever, however-let’s say 10 hours just as an example; how much of the time are you actually working? Your mind is not on the past or the future- it’s exactly on the present. (hmm). Now your boss is here so you won’t talk- you won’t say- the right thing- but tell me, you know- he won’t do anything-don’t worry. (hmm) how much-You tell me- what do you think percentage wise? (Audience: 75) 75! O my god – you are like a Buddha almost. (Audience 20%) 20% okay- (audience 5) 5 you are not that bad-come on (audience laughs) You don’t have to be so modest. Realistically what do you think? Somebody said 5, 20 70, 50- you know I have talked to people all over the world even the top CEOs-general consensus is 30-40. Okay- like even now you see- 70-5-20-50 generally you hit 30-40- average – what does that mean – Let’s say even if you are at 40-what should take you 4 hours to do if you have full concentration, now takes you 10 hours. That’s why you keep complaining – I have no time, no time, it’s not that you don’t have time, you have no control over your mind. It’s not you, its everybody