if you want something done, ask a busy person

The rationale behind this apparent paradox is indicated in quot. 1997.

1984 Christian Science Monitor 26 Oct. 38 It means. specifically, that you must banish all idleness; and it also means, in a general way, that if you want something done, you should ask a busy person—like me—to do it.

1997 Life Association News Aug. 60 It’s the old story: If you want something done, ask a busy person. They know how to manage their time.

1998 Times 9 Jan. 33 They do say that if you want something done you should ask a busy person, but there must be limits.


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