Tag - impossible

Achieving the impossible

Absolutely first rate post by Daniel Tenner on getting stuff done when no-one thinks you can.

Here are the rules:

  • Calm down, smile and remain polite to maintain any chance of success
  • Become a human being rather than a faceless number
  • Be persistent to grind away the brick wall
  • Be prepared to lose to expand your freedom of thought and action
  • Be clear about your objective so you can be flexible about how to achieve it
  • Find who can, since often the first person you speak to cannot help
  • Take an active part in making things happen more efficiently
  • Make the other person feel good about helping you so that they are more likely to help you
  • Don’t relax this stance until it’s over, it’s easy to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Parkinson's Law, also known as git 'er dun

I just heard Parkinson’s Law on Tim Ferris’ Incredible Hulk video. Oddly, it has nothing to do with the degeneration of the nerves.

Parkinson’s Law:

The perceived complexity of the task will expand to fill the time you allot it.

Nice …

I guess the point is: set seemingly impossible deadlines, and you’ll accomplish what you need to do sooner. This is anti-intuitive but rings true to experience.

Presumably realism needs to come into play somewhere, particularly if you’re setting deadlines for software development that other people are going to rely upon … but I find this is a great principle to cut through the self-inhibiting and self-limiting paradigms we create.

Something to keep in mind next time you set a deadline …