The Art of Letting Go – Tony Schwartz – Harvard Business Review

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(c) Erik Mallinson

 

The Art of Letting Go – Tony Schwartz – Harvard Business Review.

Tony Schwartz is one of my favourite bloggers for the HBR and this post is a gem.  Basically, when do we decide to throw in the towel, especially when we associate hard work with success?  Most importantly, when is the cost of driving to goals too much?

“At the most practical level, pushing continuously against resistance burns down our available reservoir of energy, and makes us less capable of doing anything well. Beyond that, pushing too hard can end up getting you what you think you want, only to discover, too late, that there was a good reason it didn’t come together in the first place. Resistance is an early warning signal.”

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“The larger point for me is that foregoing opportunities may be less a sign of failure than of careful prioritizing and intelligent sacrifice.”

Here the questions that Tony Schwartz asks himself to figure out if should go the long haul on something.

Here they are:

1. Do I have a feeling in my gut that this dog just won’t hunt?
2. How important will this seem to me in six months?
3. How important will this seem to me in two years?
4. Is there a more enjoyable and productive way I could be investing my time and energy right now?

I love the focus on what our instincts are telling us, and the long view.

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