We all know someone who is doing the minimum to get by.
What about the person who is doing the maximum to get by?
Also known as the person who attaches their value as a person to the number of hours they put into work, or the number of scenarios they can plan for to avoid disaster.
Being prepared is important.
Producing quality work is important.
Yet, there are things for which we can’t plan.
And the answer to that problem isn’t always to do more.
Sometimes, it’s better to do less.
It sounds counterintuitive, but consider a parallel example:
Confidence is good.
Overconfidence is an issue. We take on things we shouldn’t.
So is underconfidence. We don’t take on things we should.
It’s about an accurate understanding of our abilities and capabilities.
Sometimes we need to put in the maximum effort to make sure things work properly.
Sometimes the minimum effort will benefit us in the long run.
It’s up to us to figure out what’s just right.