Learn To Love Your Constraints

January 10, 2013 7:08 am

The world is full of constraints, and due to the methods we have chosen to organize and understand it, we have multiplied the number of constraints – there are only 24 hours in a day, you cannot travel to a different country without a visa, you cannot use that trial software for more than 30 days, and many more.

For many people, the argument that “if you take away your constraints you will not know what to do” sounds strange. So here is a stranger argument – you should learn to love your constraints.

Why should we love our constraints? Here is one reason – each constraint is a problem – an oppportunity. An opportunity to eliminate the constraint in effective and meaningful ways. A solution that fits that description would be profitable, generally speaking.

But there are more important reasons – if you love your constraints, the way you handle them will change as well – it will not only result in bringing out your best, it will kill frustration, the top reason for illogical decisions. When you make more logical decisions, you improve your odds of success with every decision. In a lot of ways, this is similar to Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ concept – do not just work around your constraints – learn to love them.

Place this thought in the same area where you would place these thoughts: Just Finish Everything (Triple your efforts when you are just about to give up) and Learn To Hate The Status Quo.

Do not just overcome constraints – learn to love them. They are bitter, but remember what the doctor tells you- things that taste bitter are generally good!

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