The Philosophy of Stretched-Too-Thin
Kevin Salwen on Health & Wellness
Not to open up a can of existentialism on you, but I've been thinking lately about this dilemma: Is it worse to have everyone think you're mediocre or to have just some people think you stink?
Some context: Like many new ventures, we here at Worthwhile have too few people and too few resources. So, like my colleagues, I often find myself working superlong hours at a 'two people on hold, gotta get back to that guy' mode. On top of that, it's Spring, and I've signed up to manage a baseball team, help with my daughter's softball team, pitch in with Habitat houses, etc. I know, I know it was stupid to sign up for all those things when I knew we were still in hot-and-heavy startup mode for Worthwhile, but I can give you a great reason for each one (i.e, because of my kids' ages, it's the last season I can coach them; I'm on the Habitat board, so I have responsibilities, etc).
I know you know the pace. We all feel it sometimes. And I know you know this feeling: I don't think I'm doing any part of it to an A+ level. Many days, I wonder if I'm doing any of it to a C+ level. I don't get to chit-chat with friends on the phone; I rarely connect with family; I don't buy tickets for things I've promised to be in charge of.
I know this will pass. It always does. But tonight, I got to the existential musing: If you only have X amount of time, is it better to perform at an average or below-average level across the board or be real good at a few things while sucking at the rest (which, by the way, has the parallel discomfort of inevitably having some people ticked off at you)? Which would you choose?