DON’T LET THE TAIL WAG THE DOG

A major trap to avoid is the phenomenon of fixating on relatively minor details and letting them lead the way.

Of greatest importance is to identify “the dog.”

Perspective is key.

What are you really trying to achieve?

What is the big picture goal?

Stay focused on that pooch.

Now, identify the tail.

Sub-details like hypothetical backend, bruised ego, personality differences, fees when building careers, publishing control, master ownership and inconvenience are usually tails in most situations.

Just because they are tails doesn’t mean they don’t trigger strong emotional and intellectual reactions. And tails rarely lack some validity.

These factors makes it easy for tails to take on disproportionate significance.

The way to avoid those tails from wagging your dog is to constantly remind yourself about what is the actual doggie in every situation.

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