The Power of 'Good Enough' â€” The Atlantic
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
Good references to Bakadesuyo.com and the Reddit AMA:
Schwartz' solution, as he recently explained to theÂ psychology blogger Eric Barker, is just to settle for something that's acceptableâ€”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, â€śWhat laptop did you buy?â€ť 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 itâ€™s a â€śgood enoughâ€ť decision.
In aÂ Q&A session on RedditÂ last year, Schwartz said people can generalize this concept by arbitrarily limiting the number of choices they'll considerâ€”five colleges, not 25â€”and "decide that all you need is a good enough X, not the best X," he said. "'Good enough' is almost always good enough."Â It's helpful information to keep in mind right after, say, the debut of a dizzying array ofshiny, new iterationsÂ 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 goodâ€”it's perfect.