Many people operate from an unwritten rule stating that a gargantuan, time-consuming task is a reliable indicator of both importance and future reward. But this logic could not be more flawed – and it’s a very costly misconception.
Spending a year on a painting does not guarantee it will be worth more than another completed in a few hours. Working on a business plan for 5 years does does not guarantee more success than one written in 2 weeks.
This seems quite obvious but we still often fall victim of the childhood axiom that states large sacrifices lead to large rewards. But apart from the alternative world of conventional education, we are not rewarded for “more effort.”
Pareto’s Law, aka the 80/20 principle, demonstrates that the majority of things we do matter very little, so it’s often only a select few things that matter immensely. In other words, a minority of efforts lead to a majority of results. Therefore, “doing more” or “exerting more” is not equitable to the results achieved.
In any endeavor, there are some tasks that matter much more than others, BUT significance should never be measured by time, effort, or resources consumed.
The world does not track one’s time invested in task, project, or goal. While ROI is an extremely important metric, it’s something the individual must track for themselves. What matters in the end is the meaningfulness and quality of the result.
Doing more and “having” more in life is not a matter of committing to more; it’s a matter of recognizing what efforts offer the greatest in return.
Be a Maverick,
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