Peak efficiency is an admirable goal. After all, who wants to squander time, energy, and other resources when such waste can be avoided?
My personal quest for efficiency has served me well; allowing me to do more than I ever thought possible. But I have learned that such a quest also requires a word of caution: Efficiency is a double-edged sword.
In our dogged pursuit of maximizing our return on time and energy invested, we assess our options through an obsessive lens of opportunity cost. We immediately try to predict the choice that begets the greatest possible reward. And this creates a very misleading perspective… In seeking maximum efficiency, this ‘reward’ is often assessed in very economical terms, almost inherently tying it to a measurable and tangible outcome.
The danger is that this estimated yield becomes more important than the journey itself. Thus, the journey – the opportunity of adventure – is dismissed before explored.
But the goal to ‘produce’ should never trump what is produced.
Producing measurable results is important, but seeking more efficiency while myopically focused on efficiency is a paradoxical pursuit. Applied to its extreme, outcome-driven efficiency does not allow for exponential returns. The process eventually becomes emotionally draining and unimaginative. It’s not sustainable.
Many of the greatest surprises, innovations, and intrinsic rewards are best revealed through adventure – a willingness to test, poke, prod, and experiment by doing something without the promise of a certain outcome or yield.
Adventure provides an uncommon and much needed perspective to daily life, our objectives, and our methods of achieving those objectives (yes, our efficiency). Adventure reminds us that direction is always more important than distance.
*Maxim attribute: Scott H Young
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