Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Broad Strokes Before Little Ones

Don’t paint your canvas without a thumbnail to instruct your brush.

Don’t spend time editing sentences before you have an exciting narrative.

The desire to jump into specifics makes sense. Details are what make a finished work look elegant. And elegance is what makes a work desirable.

Even practical guides need a certain pizzazz—I’ve yet to come across a single-paged book on weight loss that read, “Consume fewer calories than you burn.”

But as important as the particulars are, if nobody wants to make an earwax pie, it doesn’t matter if your recipe has precise instructions.

Excessive attention to detail is simply another form of dilly-dallying.

If it’s your job to invent stuff, feel free to refine your ideas before they’re finished and get it right on your first try.

But know that the best aren’t concerned with being perfect from the start, they’re focused on doing the big stuff first.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach