My response used to be this: Throw MORE at the problem. Get more inputs, try more possible solutions, just put in more time.
But, from the way I’m setting this up, you can probably already infer that this is not the way to go and that that hasn’t been giving the results I had wished for.
The times we’re going through right now bring us a great opportunity for reflection. When I dove into my favorite books to help me to that, I discovered a common theme that I had overlooked the previous times I had read them—probably because I just didn’t understand their significance back then.
That theme is: Real mastery, progress, and inner peace are found in elimination and subtraction rather than addition. It’s about uncovering the vital few. Or, as Steve Jobs once put it, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” One of the greatest quotes for me on this comes from the book “ReWork” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson: "When things aren't working, the natural inclination is to throw more at the problem. More people, time, and money. All that ends up doing is making the problem bigger. The right way to go is the opposite direction: Cut back. […] You'll be forced to make tough calls and sort out what truly matters." - 50 minutes ago