no half measures

“The moral of the story is I chose a half measure when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half measures, Walter.”
– Mike, Breaking Bad

A common mistake people make is to compromise. For some reason people think that to achieve success you must make compromises. But really, there is a difference between making concessions and making a compromise. Concessions are part of negotiation. Compromises are when no one gets what they want. Imagine I want to go to Hawaii, and you want to go to New York. Since neither side is likely to give up on their dreams, we would likely end up in Hinton, Alberta. If you concede, you are agreeing on a different idea. Perhaps you could go to California instead?

This is an important distinction.

To succeed, not only must you be committed to your own personal goals but realize that other people are essential to you achieving them.

In a 2 person kitchen, there’s no room for conflict. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen, but unless you like having a terrible night, it’s best to get along. No one is going to agree 100% of the time. But it definitely helps if both parties are in collusion to create a superior product always. If you don’t need to have the argument about quality vs. speed, and you just do the quality thing fucking fast, then there is no need to compromise. People just compromise because they are lazy or unorganized.

I know I compromise sometimes. Everyone does. But I don’t want to.

Listening: Mastodon – Sleeping Giant

~ by getbackwards on February 24, 2011.

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