When I wanted to get fit I found the very best trainer I could. Price was no object. When I wanted a new software platform I found the best consultant to help us make the selection. Price was no object.
When I wanted our landscaping done I found the best landscaper. Price was no object.
Price was no object not because I don’t care about money, but because I care about results and I understand the opportunity cost of doing it wrong; the difference between price and cost.
In the past I downloaded an e-book and created a physical training program based on that. I trained four hours a week for six months with minimal results. The cost for the e-book was $49, the price was six months of wasted time. The $150/hr my trainer changes me once a month is cheap in comparison.
In the past I ran the project to select a new IT platform. We implemented one for about $150K that we then had to change. The $10K to get the right consultant this time is looking like a real bargain compared to the cost of getting it wrong.
In the past I got a cheap landscaper, then had to redo all his work. The extra 20% I pay now is looking like money well spent.
Shift your vision to focus on the objective, not just on the dollars you have to hand over at the start.
On Monday I attended the funeral of a good friend of mine from medical school, Andy Greer. He died suddenly while working a shift at Christchurch Hospital. He was 40.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of these people who loves failure.
Challenges are a daily phenomenon for the entrepreneur.
Heaven is not wanting to be anywhere else.
That brings out our best.
We’ve all heard the statement, the ends justifies the means.
If you want to do anything extraordinary, it’s likely that you’re going to need to break some rules.
Sometimes, I don’t have anything to add.