Monday, June 06, 2005

All or Nothing Vs Everything In Moderation

Read this interesting post at the OnlyOnce Blog, I know exactly what the author is talking about , Which phase are you going through now.

Shifting Gears

My Grandma Hazel has a Yiddish saying that she uses to describe me from time to time -- "gor oder gornisht" -- which means "all or nothing." My Dad has a Greek saying that he uses to describe me from time to time -- "meden agan" -- which means "everything in moderation." These two approaches to life seem diametrically opposed. Which is right?

Being a successful entrepreneur requires BOTH approaches, each at different times, and more important, the ability to shift gears between the two and be clear about the shift to yourself and to others.

There are periods of time when you need to be in "all or nothing mode." Push extremes. Demand more from your team. Drop lots of the items on your to-do list and grow a singular focus on The One Big Thing. Don't go for a light jog -- train for a marathon.

Then there are periods of time when you're in execution mode. The path has been defined. Things are working. Put the "life" back in your "work-life" balance. A marathon? Are you nuts? Just run 3 miles a day and stay in shape.

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