The Best You Can Do vs the Best You Can Do With What’s Available


You are probably fairly well aware of what your best is in a given circumstance.

Even if you’ve never pushed yourself to your absolute limit, it’s usually pretty obvious whereabouts it is, and knowing this helps you judge how much effort to put into a given activity for the maximum results for the time that you have.

But what about those situations where the resources are limited?

The math changes. Whereas before you would calculate based on 2 variables (your skill level and how much time it takes to achieve it), now you are forced to include a third (availability of necessary resources).

In many instances, this added complication will limit the positive results you’re able to achieve in the amount of time you’ve allotted.

If you’re able to be creative, however, this additional limitation can actually result in higher yields.

As long as you’re willing to be creative and roll with the punches, the box you’re forced to work within can actually become a foundation to stand on, allowing you to reach greater heights.

Keep this in mind the next time you find yourself confronting a new barrier and freezing up at the prospect of dealing with it.


  1. I've actually tried to do this intentionally.

    Sometimes creating artificial limits on yourself FORCES you to be more creative and think of solutions you would have thought of or done before.

  2. I'm constantly dealing with projects with limited budgets (aren't we all). The hardest thing for me is balancing the desire to do the best work possible with the need to manage the expectations of the customer on a tight budget.

    It's hard to be a one-stop-shop on the low budget projects and still expect them to pay a premium when the money is there…

  3. This makes me think of how I've really bootstrapped this business I'm working on. For instance, I really don't have a ton of money to spend, so the design/product creation etc. is all up to me. If I can't learn how to do it, it won't get done. It's caused a lot of late nights and frustration, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Fantastic post, Colin. Really liking the short and to the point style.

  4. Rolling with the punches is definitely something to keep in mind! Planning everything out to the T is not necessarily the best way nor the most practical. Things change, things come up, and rather than fretting over plans ruined, one can now enjoy the spontaneity of the whole situation and perhaps be even more creative in our pursuits.

    Like … the great cat escapist from today! No one could've planned that! But you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

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  6. No kidding Colin! This is my life – Creatively solving one limitation after another!!!

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