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The Power of 'Good Enough' — The Atlantic

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Schwartz' solution, as he recently explained to the psychology blogger Eric Barker, is just to settle for something that's acceptable—even if you know there's likely something better out there:

Whenever you need a new laptop, call up one of your maximizer friends and say, “What laptop did you buy?” And you buy that laptop. Is it going to be the perfect laptop for you? Probably not. Is it going to be a good enough laptop for you? Absolutely. It takes you five minutes to make a decision instead of five weeks and it’s a “good enough” decision.

In a Q&A session on Reddit last year, Schwartz said people can generalize this concept by arbitrarily limiting the number of choices they'll consider—five colleges, not 25—and "decide that all you need is a good enough X, not the best X," he said. "'Good enough' is almost always good enough." It's helpful information to keep in mind right after, say, the debut of a dizzying array ofshiny, new iterations of a popular consumer tech product.

It can be hard, in our culture, to force yourself to settle for "good enough." But when it comes to happiness and satisfaction, "good enough" isn't just good—it's perfect.

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