Ani Pearman, Co-founder EfeX Center, LLC USA
David Thomas M. Ed (TESOL), Learning & Curriculum Trainer @EfeX Center
Resourcefulness is an ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties. There are five steps to being resourceful:
- Think Inside The Box
- Just Do It
- Don’t Despise Small Beginnings
- Resourcefulness Habits
Let’s look at the third step of being resourceful: GETMO.
Being resourceful means knowing how to get started and how to finish well within the constraints that we have. Finishing well isn’t about perfection, or even as good as possible. Using your time, skills and resources most effectively is about ‘GETMO’ - Good Enough To Move On.
Whatever you are doing- whether working, managing the household, or studying- we are all always investing our resources of time, money, and effort. Therefore, we are always trying to balance competing needs and priorities, and allocate these resources to get the best return possible on our “investment” possible.
Many times while working on something we face a dilemma. Should I spend more money, time, effort and resources on the task? When do I decide it’s finished? Should I continue until it is absolutely perfect? Or at some point, is it good enough?
Wait a minute. Isn’t perfection better than just good enough? Don’t we all want to be as perfect as we can be with all we produce?
Craig Groeschel, a sought-after pastor and speaker (whose leadership podcast has more than 1 million subscribers) shared a powerful concept on how to get the greatest level of return on the investment we make in time, money and resources without sacrificing them. He calls this GETMO= Good Enough To Move On. He believes that “yes, at first we need to invest to get a return. However, if we continue to invest in something, we will eventually reach a lid at what improvements can be made, and investing any more brings a diminishing return.” This lid or the greatest level of return for investment (of time, money or resources) is the sweet spot, the GETMO spot, the good enough spot to move on.
For example, let’s say we have to create a presentation. We have worked on our concept and data for a week already and created a beautiful prezi presentation with all that is needed. We’ve invested, and we’ve created our return: our beautiful presentation. But if we keep agonizing over tiny improvements in our presentation — better font, more vivid pictures, more data — we actually are hindering ourselves from achieving the actual goal of, finishing the work which causes us to not be able to move on to other tasks that are waiting. So, in the end, we are actually sacrificing more resources and diminishing our return on the investment of time.
Companies are wary of this battle too! Mark Zuckerberg’s phrase “Done Is Better Than Perfect” became a mantra in Facebook’s “hacker culture”: Hackers try to build the best services over the long term by quickly releasing and learning from smaller iterations rather than trying to get everything right all at once. Mark believes it so much that that phrase was painted on the walls to remind the employees.
At this moment many people are trying to become effective online sellers. Salesforce.com, a cloud company that advises on content marketing, says that 75% of consumers expect a consistent experience whenever they engage with a particular brand. Therefore, ‘Done is better than perfect’ is the motto an online seller should aim for. If you are constantly striving for perfection, you will never be able to post any content.
GETMO is powerful because when it is good enough to stop and move on, we will not waste resources, which means, we are being resourceful. Perfectionism can be counter-productive because it makes us continue spending time and resources on unnecessary improvements which are not worth the extra investment. This is a waste of resources and the rate of return diminishes. In this way, more is not always better. GETMO helps us change our pursuit of perfection to a pursuit of excellence- which increases productivity and therefore resourcefulness.
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