Don't Despise Band-Aid Solutions


Are you a perfectionist? Do you love thinking about details and find the "big picture" people annoyingly vague?

Do you hate patchwork and require thorough overhauls when fixing things?

If so, you probably wouldn't enjoy working with me.

I love the "slap and go" or "run and gun" approach to life, but I've always felt a little as if it sounds too flaky.

Perhaps that's why I'm such a fan of  Malcom Gladwell's book, The Tipping Point.  This one section feels especially apt.

“A critic ... (might) dismiss them as Band-Aid solutions. But that phrase should not be considered a term of disparagement. The Band-Aid is an inexpensive, convenient, and remarkably versatile solution to an astonishing array of problems. In their history, Band-Aids have probably allowed millions of people to keep working or playing tennis or cooking or walking when they would otherwise have had to stop. The Band-Aid solution is actually the best kind of solution because it involves solving a problem with the minimum amount of effort and time and cost.”

Don't despise the little things which put us back in the game.

Make the pitch "good enough." Get the kids to bed at a reasonable-ish time. Arrange a date "coffee" if you can't figure out an entire night.

Every area of life will, at some point, need a quick fix. Don't overthink what that is, work with what you have.

Sometimes we all need a Band-Aid.