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Every Friday is Wisdom Friday.  It’s just a way for me to share with my readers the little gems of life that I’ve learned either during the week or living life in general.

I used to pride myself in being able to multi-task.  Back then, I didn’t use to measure the outcome as I would today, but if I did, I think I would find that multi-tasking actually hurt (rather than helped) my performance.  Truth is, our brain has evolved to handle one task at a time.  If you don’t believe me, try this experiment on yourself:  Explain to a friend what one would see as one walks into your abode from the front door.  As you explain, pay attention to the way you are visualizing your place.  I bet you thought of your place in chunks, not all at once!  Truth is, you can’t visualize your entire place all at once even if you wanted to!

And since this is the beginning of a new year, many people are setting goals for themselves (myself included).  Rather than trying to accomplish all the goals all at once, I think it will serve us all better if we concentrate on one goal at a time.

Happy New Year to all, and here’s to a new beginning!

A very accomplished friend of mine recently applied for a lofty job in China. The recruiter immediately called him back, but upon learning that he is not a native of Beijing (where the job would be located), they pestered him about his qualification for the job. The problem is, the kind of candidate they want does not exist. They want somebody who is a graduate of top business school (my friend came from HBS), who has background in finance (was an ex-banker), consulting (was an ex-McKinsey), and the Internet space (currently running strategy for a Silicon Valley web company) AND a Beijing Native.

The truth is, somebody who is a Beijing Native with my friend’s resume would be running one of the ministries in China. As they say, there are bigger fish to fry than running a company.

My take-away from my friend’s experience is this: It is ok to shoot for the moon. But if you can’t get there, one must quickly realize the circumstance and know when to settle for good enough! This goes for everything we do in our lives. It’s good to have BHAGs (big hairy audacious goals), but one must be cognizant of the reality one faces. Don’t live in cloud nine or your environment will eat your lunch (and dinner)!

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August 2020