An Easy Way Out Makes More Challenging Opportunities Harder

Two nights ago I realized a phenomenon that’s more prevalent than I expected. As I was sitting down to write my daily blog post I knew I had the topic of Organizational Health as the Next Corporate Frontier readily available since I had just read the start of a book. My thinking was that this was a topic I felt passionately about but that it was an easy one, so I should write about something harder or more timely, and come back to this one when I was at a loss. Only, by having the easy topic sitting there it made it even harder to come up with something else.

Having an easy way out makes it even harder to do the more challenging opportunity.

Thinking about it for a few minutes made me realize that this happens all the time. People go to grad school instead of traveling the world because it’s more of a known quantity. People join a big company instead of a startup because it’s perceived as safer. The easy way is easy for a reason but it’s important to think hard about whether it’s the best.

What else? What are your thoughts that an easy way out makes it harder to do the more challenging opportunity?

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