THE LAW OF TRADE-OFFS
You Have to Give Up to Grow Up
How many people think about what they need to give for more success?
How many people think about what they do give up for more success?
Sure, you may need student loans to get a college degree, you agree to the trade-off when you sign the student loan documents. But in reality, are you really giving up to go up? Not immediately, but eventually. The real tradeoff is working enough to pay your tuition without having to rely on student loans. (Something I wish I would’ve put more thought into.)I think the real impact in tradeoffs is what you give up daily.
Do you get up an hour early to work out?
Do you read for an hour at night instead of watching an hour of television?
Tradeoffs really force us to make difficult personal changes and sometimes those around us don’t like those changes. So there’s another piece of the tradeoff that we sometimes forget.
Are those around us willing to make tradeoffs for your growth?
You see this happening when the spouse works an extra job so the other one can go back to school, or they watch the kids every night for two hours so the other one can study. That’s a tradeoff supporting couple’s make.
When you look at the following list of commonly made tradeoffs, which one would you like to become more intentional about making and why?
- Financial stability today for potential tomorrow
- Immediate gratification for personal growth
- The fast life for the good life
- Security for significance
- Personal achievement for partnership with others
When you look at the list, or your own list, think about what you won’t ever trade for.
Sometimes people trade their values for what they think is growth, which usually involves self-interests. For me, those tradeoffs are never worth it.
When I see people rise to success quickly, I wonder what values they may have changed in order to get there. What were their tradeoffs?
What values will you not give up for what looks like success?
What do you need to give up to grow to the next level?