Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Problem Admiration, Perfect vs Good Enough and Being The Change You Want

There is a great phrase called "problem admiration". You've got this problem so you think about it and how hard it is and how there are no great solutions, over and over and over. You just don't know what to do so you keep thinking about it. Maybe you even become a negative Nancy and start sharp shooting actual ideas to do something about said problem.

The way out of problem admiration phase is to actually do something. There may not be a perfect solution, often that's how life works. Everything has a down side or some element of risk. The point is to look at the problem then figure out the best solution you can implement in the near future given the various constraints and other factors in play. A decent answer to your problem next week beats a perfect one indefinitely in the future when you will magically have more money/ time/ motivation/ space/ better friends/ etc.

John Mosby did a great post titled The Kernel of Resistance.  The point I got from it is that you should actually do something about the problems you want changed. Don't bitch about it, do something. Instead of just worrying try to mitigate the problems you see coming. Be the change you want to see.

1 comment:

Aesop said...

"A good plan now is better than a perfect plan an hour from now." - standing advice to subordinate commanders from Gen. G.S. Patton, circa 1941.

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