13140: Excellent But Not Effective?

Hey there, hero!

I have to admit that there are times when I stop what I’m doing, especially when they are repetitive or mundane, and ask myself an important question:

“Does this really matter?”

Because I have a tendency toward wasting time on things that, although I’m really good at them, they don’t really move things forward for me.

We can sometimes be expert at something that isn’t all that useful, and we can mistake that expertise for overall effectiveness…because we’re good at it, dammit!

How about you? Ever caught yourself being excellent but not effective? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. I think you are pointing out an insightful goal. I think it speaks to character. Many people are satisfied with their excellence in performance; but not motivated to take it further. Or, perhaps they don’t even realize the impact they could have if they delve deeper to make a difference.

  2. I definitely have a tendency to perfectionism, so actively try to draw the line at “diminishing returns” on the effort vs. value curve.

  3. This is so pertinent to my experience! Yes, love those repetitive tasks. They are calming. But sometimes not really necessary or important or essential to what I want to achieve!

  4. Great advice. the 7 habits of highly effective people has definitely helped to categorize activities as well. I have definitely spent time on unimportant things.