87. I really don’t get why you don’t think you can do it well enough? Are you that bad at judging your own skill level?

  • Some will say yes. Of those, some will actually end up contributing, and some will end up not. That’s well and good and just as it should be.
  • Some will say no, because they don’t think it’s worth their time. They might dislike the idea, or they might just not be interested for any number of reasons. That’s fine. I say no to stuff all the time.
  • Some will say no, because they don’t have the necessary skill/knowledge, even though I thought they did. My bad. It’s a pretty fair answer to say “You thought I have a driver’s license, but I don’t, so I’m not a good driver for your project.” or stuff like that.
  • Some will say no, because they can’t find the time or energy required. Understandable. Even things that won’t take more than a few minutes are sometimes more than we can manage. I’m no stranger to that.
  • Some will say no for other reasons. Some are easily to fathom, while others are somewhat … odd … (at least to me). Still, all good.

Except that in most cases, this isn’t how it is.

Except, of course, if one of them is Sir Paul McCartney.

So am I, for that matter.

And that’s where my frustration, wonder and befuddlement come in

How is this even a thing?

And if we don’t have this ideal, why is it so often used as an argument? Why is striving for perfection an acceptable excuse for not delivering pretty fucking great?

“You know what? Maybe it doesn’t have to be perfect. Maybe I can put my name on it even though it wasn’t my best piece of work. It was more than good enough, even though it could have been better. And that thing you say about how it can ALWAYS be better? I get that now.”

It’s the special case of claiming causality that bugs me

“Jazz. Great! I may have a band for us, then.”

“Cool, Claus. How expensive are they?”

“3.000 kr.”

“Then, they can’t be any good.”

I’ve now almost gotten to the end of my rant

I could be wrong, of course.



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Claus Raasted

Claus Raasted


Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Coach at McKinsey. Author of 34 books.