Most effort or just-enough effort, achieving success in life and learning this skill as a student

We are all built to be ‘lazy’. Because no effort means we can shut off and consume less resources. This worked in the age of cave men, because resources were indeed hard to come by. When the food opportunity arises, everyone springs into attention and give their best effort.

These days we are overwhelmed by resources instead. But our built-in ‘lazy’ mode never really left us. In fact, now it behaves in a completely different way making us ignore all that is in front of us.

Unfortunately, this trait is particularly dangerous in students. Students who spend the most effort with subject mastery, training themselves to look for patterns and requirements building up this skill all the way up to the exams get rewarded subsequently. Other students spend just-enough effort to pass and most effort on CCA activities get rewarded subsequently in the latter but penalized at the exams.

If you run a hypothetical food delivery company, you need to be the fastest at response. That requires a most effort not a just-enough effort. Anything else is a reason for potential users to switch to competition.

On the other hand, if you’re a florist with an online sales channel, a just-enough effort in speed is sufficient. Instead you provide the freshest flowers (most effort) you possibly can because anything else means you will lose customers.

Everyone competes on something. That thing you compete on is your most. The other things you do, those can be just-enough.

The 2 mistakes students make:

They try for ‘most’ at things where ‘just-enough’ is just fine, and they waste their effort.
They settle for ‘just-enough’ when the university is looking for the one with the ‘most’.

The only way to maximize your most is to be really clear where your just-enough is. COMMENT.


  • On March 29, 2017