Interesting concept, but I’m afraid it’s overly simplistic.
Because you can’t know this idea of “margin” ahead of time.
“Margin” is amorphous. You can’t measure it. You can’t stock up on it.
It’s like the idea of “patience.” Or, “perseverance”.
ME: “Grandpa, how can I have a long marriage, like you and Grandma did?”
GRAMPS: “Well, it’s simple. You just need to have enough patience.”
ME: “Oh, riiiiiight. Patience! Why didn’t I think of that?”
It’s unfortunate that margin is such a trailing indicator.
You usually won’t know, until you know.
And then it’s too late.
In 2009, Henry Worsley successfully retraced Shackleton’s route in the Antarctic. Plenty of margin.
Worsley died in 2016 attempting to be the first person to cross Antarctica on foot unassisted. He crossed over 900 mi but had to be rescued 126 mi from his goal.
Short on margin.
You can have done a thing, and in hindsight find that you had plenty of margin. You won’t even know what margin you needed until you stop to look behind you.
You can try to repeat your feat (or replicate someone else’s journey), and still find you’re short on margin.
Six people have completed Worsley’s solo, unsupported route since his failure (and death).
What did they have that Worsley didn’t?
Detailed accounts of Worsley’s failure.
Those folks didn’t succeed because they had margin.
They had something better.
They had a map.
What do you think? Agree? Or, did I completely miss the damn point?
Enjoy your weekend, folks!
P. S. Shout out to my founder and maker peeps working on their projects during your nights & weekends.
I see you.
If you’re like me, maybe you have a day job and a busy family, yet you’re trying to grow a business during your nights and weekends.
I get it. Life is messy, it’s hard to find the time.
But, let’s keep it real: what we’re really up against is that it’s tough to make the time (because there’s really no such thing as “finding” time).
If that’s you, Friday afternoon at 5pm is often the start of your “second work week.” Am I right?
You get a ton done in your business over the weekend (if everything goes as planned). So how about we help one another make sure everything goes as planned.
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