Killing myself over a minor cosmetic change that nobody is going to notice anyway
The economy of effort
Abundance comes from the economy of effort.
Always asking yourself, what corners are worth cutting? What steps in the process are redundant, expensive, labor intensive and time consuming that you could remove without anybody noticing or caring?
I owe my life to those questions.
Take book publishing, for example. If I know that it’s going to cost me two extra weeks, a thousand extra dollars and significant additional stress to complete a third round of editing for a book that doesn’t need to be fifteen percent better, I’ll just skip that step of the process. Because perfection isn’t that important to me. I don’t have time for trivialities that adversely affect the quantity of my output. I’d rather ship the project now and move onto the next one instead of killing myself over a minor cosmetic change nobody is going to notice anyway.
That’s the economy of effort. It’s not about what you do, it’s about what you don’t do. Which may not mean much in isolation, but when you add up all the little no’s at the end of the year, you realize that you’ve saved yourself a heap of time, money and stress.
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