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  • Writer's pictureJack Mullaney

Purposeful Perspiration

To do a good job, you have to sweat the details.

But if you sweat every detail, you're unlikely to get much done. Sometimes, the benefit of sweating the details is more about knowing which details to sweat.

As 3-time Super Bowl Winning Coach Bill Walsh once wrote, "Sharp pencils do not translate into sharp performance." His point? Obsessing over meaningless tasks, like sharpening the pencils, is an escape mechanism to distract a coach from more difficult, meaningful work.

There isn't enough time in the day to pick nits over everything. Rather, it's knowing which tasks would ultimately enhance the performance of the athletes you serve.

Because sharpened pencils simply look nice when they're clustered together on a desk.

And that's it.

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