Friday, July 12, 2013

2014 TKR: If a thing is worth doing, it is worth knowing why you are doing it. Satisfice.

If a thing is worth doing, 
it is worth knowing why you are doing it
Don't sacrifice.  Satisfice.
If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well.  
That is the sound of the Shudoffs.  The people in your head who tell you what you should do.  Always ready to tell you what you should do.  Never ready to help you do it.  
Never even tell you what it means to do something well.  
If you don't know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?
Try this definition of well
If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well enough to meet your goal.
That is the sound of the Hunters, with backup by the Goodenuffs.  The strategy is so widely known that it has a name:  to satisfice.  It has an author, Herb Simon.  It has a Nobel Prize for Economics (1978).  
You can find alternatives to satisficing.  
  • Failure, if result is not good enough
  • Overwork, if the result is better than needed.  
  • Inaction, if a perfect result seems out of reach
The key to satisficing, of course, is to know your goal.  That is how you know what well enough means.  That’s why a little effort in knowing your goal can cut out a lot of effort in chasing an imaginary perfection.   This is a job for the Startalittles
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