From the Desk (and Mind) of Marc Landsberg

Deviantism #11: Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.


I saw this once and it stopped me in my tracks. I had to add it to our pool of deviantisms, because I like it so much.

We all want to make a difference. In our own lives. In the lives of others. In our work. In society, in general.

We all feel, to a greater or lesser extent, the pang of guilt when we see others less well-off. Financially. Emotionally. Physically.

We cringe at the thought of mounds of work piling up on our desks and in our in-boxes, with no end in sight.

We want to make a difference, but often feel overwhelmed by the task before us.

It’s very easy to be stifled by choice. When the problems before us are so big, and the tasks at hand so complex, it’s almost impossible to know where to start.

We think, and over-think, about how to get started.

We fret about the lack of resources necessary to tackle the problem, or said positively, exploit the opportunity.

If we’re not fretting about lack of resources, we’re perhaps amassing resources and focusing on how best to vet, prioritize, and then deploy said resources.

Think. Plan. Prioritize. List-make.

All the while, the problems become more intractable, expanding and becoming ever more complex and seemingly unsolvable, right before our eyes.

The longer we wait, the harder it is to begin.

And so, I love the idea of beginning – doing what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Make an impact, now. Don’t worry about whether or not you can actually solve the problem. Or exploit the opportunity. Often, the best you can do is make a big dent in it, and very often, that’s impact enough.

Marshall whatever resources, energy, creativity, ambition and focus you have, in this moment right now, and dive in.

Worrying about what might be, or what mightn’t be, won’t get the job done.

And accepting the simple fact that making headway, any headway, is most certainly the start of something good.


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