David Allen | Productivity Expert, Originator of GTD, founder of David Allen Co.
David Allen is the founder of the David Allen Company and was also one of the founders of Actioneer, Inc. After decades of in-the-field research and practice of his productivity methods, David wrote the international best-seller Getting Things Done. Published in over 28 languages, TIME magazine heralded it as “the defining self-help business book of its time.”
My Definition Of Success | It’s always meant achieving desired results. What those desired results have been has certainly changed, as I’ve matured. For the most part, they have all boiled down to freedom – freedom to express, to contribute, to experience.
I Am Driven By | Both a need to connect with what’s not of this world (the Spirit) and a need to connect with this world, in bringing the unseen and the seen together.
My Highlights | The risks that I have taken to step out:
- being an actor at age 11 in my local community theatre
- taking a canoe trip in the wilderness as an Explorer Scout
- being a champion debater in high school
- being an exchange student to Switzerland for a year in high school
- hitchhiking across the Middle East in 1967
- getting a black belt in karate
- dedicating myself to a real connection with God as an ongoing reality
- creating my own consulting practice
- writing Getting Things Done
- deciding to build a company to spread GTD around the world
- taking time to respond to your requests here, trusting there’s a greater good that will come of such things
The Difference Between good And Great | People who are great at what they do, do what they’re doing for its intrinsic value. Those who are only good at it, are usually doing it for the world’s perception of that value.
My Greatest Talent | I think my greatest talent that has been critical to my success is the integrity with which I have engaged with the information and experiences that I have accumulated. I approached what I was learning with humility and a need for personal validation of the principles, techniques, and their results; and have continually been open to both confirming and challenging my hypotheses about what was true, and what would work, for anyone.
Characteristics of Greatness | Need for clarity, freedom, relaxation, positive expression, and service to others.
Principles and Values I Live By | Honesty, awareness, and engagement.
How I Use My Mind | I make it up in my head, capture those images, and reaffirm them regularly.
Lessons I’ve Learnt | There is no need to strive. Relaxing and going inward, consistently, and freely engaging with the resulting inspirations and energy, are the keys.
Dealing With Doubt | Need for clarity, freedom, relaxation, positive expression, and service to others.
Performing At My Peak | Regular spiritual exercises to hold the material world back and connect back in with who I really am.
The Meaning Of Life | Classroom for the expansion of God’s expression.
The Best Advice I’ve Ever Received | Relax, and have fun.
Advice On Building Wealth | Get as clear as you can at this point about what life would be like, if you had it. What experience are you looking for, that you think “wealth” would bring you? Keep that as your focus, and have a next action.
The Legacy I Would Like To Leave | Everyone who intersected with me or my work was the better for it.
Watch as David shares The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity at a TED College event