Trade Offs

Chris Teague - 3 mins

What's it for: Embracing trade-offs.

Who's it for: Those who believe they can do it all.


Essentialists see trade-offs as an inherent part of life, not as an inherently negative part of life. Non-Essentialist (or the pleasers) on the other hand, mistakenly believe "I can do both."

Essentialist ask, "What is the trade-off I want to make?"

While the Non-essentialist asks, "How can I do it all?"

Instead of asking, "What do I have to give up?" consider "What do I want to go big on?"

Trade-offs are not something to be ignored or decried. They are something to be embraced and made deliberately, strategically, and thoughtfully.

The impact of essentialist thinking can be profound.

For more read: Essentialism. Greg Mckeown, Ebury Publishing. Kindle Edition.