“You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.”
– James Clear, author of Atomic Habits: An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones
Done is better than perfect.
– Poster at Facebook
Perhaps I can learn from Persian carpet weavers who deliberately include a mistake in their rugs. For only Allah makes things perfectly. Adopting this concept takes away the pressure of perfectionism. What a relief.
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Gemba – 現場 – Japanese term meaning “the real place”
“In quality management, gemba means the manufacturing floor and the idea is that if a problem occurs, the engineers must go there to understand the full impact of the problem, gathering data from all sources.”
“The only real way to understand a problem is to go and see it on the ground.” Economist article on Genchi genbutsu here.
The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey (habit 5)
1. Do one thing at a time
2. Know the problem
3. Learn to listen
4. Learn to ask questions
5. Distinguish sense from nonsense
6. Accept change as inevitable
7. Admit mistakes
8. Say it simple
9. Be calm
How to work better, by Peter Fischli & David Weiss
Interview with Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on personal resilience, corporate resilience, posttraumatic growth, learning from failure and dealing with grief.
Harvard Business Review
or how to reach an overwhelming goal.
1. Put your valuables into a watertight bag.
2. Throw the bag into the current.
I hate jumping into cold water. Yet, once I drift down the river Aare in Bern, I feel it’s the most thrilling and rewarding experience. There’re many analogies to the “Aare-bag-method” in life. Decomposing a problem into manageable steps makes it less overwhelming.