Sunday, October 27, 2013

If You're Not Happy, Don't Settle

I finished the stage, well at least the main part of it. We still have some decorations to complete, but the stage was up, the curtain was in place, people were using it.

Something didn't look quite right to my eye.

This morning my wife made a suggestion. She was absolutely right. I had put the curtain in the wrong spot. The easy solution was to just live with it. Was it horrible? No. Was it workable? Yes.

The bigger question was what would it take to fix it?

The answer was one hour and one band aid.
Before - with the curtain at the front edge of the platform.


After - with the curtain moved back.

Now the stage fits my eye better. Now the stage has a space in front of the curtain for storytellers, performers, maybe even a visit from Santa. Now the performers can be seen from a wider angle. Now the stage looks more like a stage and less like a curtained room.

The lesson? Before you settle for something not quite perfect, ask yourself these two questions.

  1. Can I fix it?
  2. Can I live with it? 

If you can answer yes to the first question, fix it. Period. If you answer no to the first, but you can answer yes to the second, keep it as is. If you answer no to both, scrap it and start over.

Yes, this applies to just about everything. Just be sure to ask the questions in the right order.

-Phil Wrzesinski
www.PhilsForum.com

PS Don't settle. Make the effort to fix the things you can fix. It pays off in the long run. You are in this for the long run, right?

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