Learning Curves: 1. Beware The Low Hanging Fruit

Posted by | Jul 12, 2011

Part One of a Four Part Series.

1. Beware The Low Hanging Fruit

“We are kept from our goals not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.”

Robert Brault

It can be so tempting, the path of least resistance. When working to achieve goals we sometimes reach for the closest available resources. The rush to ‘get it done’ can compromise efficiency and excellence. We often sacrifice quality and accuracy for speed and ease.

It’s easy to pick the low hanging fruit on a tree but the quality fruits are at the top. While the stuff at the bottom requires little effort to get, it is more likely to be bruised or damaged by bugs. Top quality product takes more time and effort to obtain.

If I want to cook a really good meal, I could just grab what’s already in the fridge. Or I can find a great recipe, shop for quality ingredients and arrange fresh flowers. If I want to prepare an engaging talk, I can just pull info from my notes or reach for the closest book on the shelf. Or I can research the subject, consult a variety of sources and find the most interesting and relevant material to share.

Don’t always reach for low hanging fruit. It’s the easy way out and we often regret it.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Thomas A. Edison