Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Sometimes Efficiency Is Impossible

Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata is one of the most known and appreciated pieces of classical music ever written. When Beethoven finished it in 1801 it was designed to be played by a single pianist.

Today, two centuries later, it’s still played by a single pianist.

You can play it more efficiently and race to the end, but that’s not the point. It’s not a sprint. Otherwise all modern composers would write symphonies with a single chord.

But just as it was 200 years ago with Beethoven, classical music is wonderfully complex. It resists efficiency.

So while a factory does better by churning out cars faster, a speedy pianist only ruins the melody.

Some things just aren’t made to be efficient. And in a world where the most important metric is the growth of the GDP, that’s easily forgotten.

Don’t turn what matters into an excel sheet.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach