Join David Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video How has Getting Things Done been received?, part of Getting Things Done.
- I get surprised all the time by the two different aspects of how people relate to getting things done. One is, how many people it's just been transformative to them in terms of some of the testimonials about what happens to them when they start to open up that space that this methodology does. The other big surprise is how hard it is for people to stick with this and to sort of buy into that it's really worth doing. So, those are the two things. As I said it, I think it took me 25 years to figure out what I figured out, and probably the rest of my life to figure out how to educate people and to get it to stick.
Nobody's ever said anything in that book, or anything in this methodology doesn't work. Most everybody says, "yeah it works, I just don't work it." (laughs) So, those are the two kinds of surprises. And I note that the testimonials, we get them daily, really, from people all over the world. You know, the book being in 32 languages, we're starting to see there's no cultural difference, by the way, there's no cultural bias, or gender bias, or even personality bias, in terms of who buys into this. I will say, the common denominator of pretty much the people who really buy into this are people who assume that 18 months from now, their life is going to be better.
In some way. Better doesn't necessarily mean harder or faster, or longer. It may be hey, I get to hang more. I get to spend more time with my kids. I get to do more artwork. I get to be more creative. I guess one of the most interesting things is the range of people who have given us sort of transformational kind of testimonies. From rock stars, to major radio personalities, to corporate executives. I just had lunch with somebody who is quite well known in the US, anyway, in terms of the radio world, and it totally changed his life.
He literally opened up all kinds of creative channels, all kinds of things. Totally changed his organization. Changed rebranding himself because of the freedom and the space that he discovered and uncovered with it. Now that's kind of rare to actually find somebody who buys into it that much and that fast. People say how long did it take me to get it? I say well, 69 years. You know, it kind of grew on me in various, different kind of ways. But some people catch this right away, just the last piece they needed, I think, to flip them over into sort of the next level of game they were playing.
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