Don’t get your ducks in a row

I reckon when it comes to implementing projects that matter, getting your ducks in a row is overrated.

If you want to defend someone in court who has been charged with murder, then it’s a good idea to get your ducks in a row. It’s worth spending a few years getting a law degree first. If you want to build a factory to make cars, do your research first.

But mostly we’re not doing that. For most of our projects fast is more important than perfect.

If you have a new workshop you want to launch, getting your ducks in a row means spending six months designing every slide and every activity, creating a beautiful brochure, and being 100% ready before talking to anyone about it. Fast means spend one day thinking about the design of the workshop, then day two go and sell it. And if enough people buy it, finish the design.

General Patton said a good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. I love it.

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