Rule 4.- Obsess over the details

The idiom “The devil is in the details” comes to mind in this rule.

Some time ago, while working for a bank, one of my bosses had a shot at a big promotion. He pitched a project at the board and they gave him a date to present it.

Days went by and he diligently worked in his presentation. Quotes, graphics, numbers, I witnessed the amount of work that he placed into his project, he cleared a room and adapted it as some sort of meeting room, got a projector and got “ready” for the day.

The day finally came and the board arrived at the building, they took their seats at 8:50ish in the morning and my boss arrived at 9:00, he greeted them all and then headed to the front of the room with every intention to begin his presentation, except, there was a problem…the projector was not compatible with his laptop.

Needless to say, it all went downhill from there.

This point addresses exactly that; if you really want to avoid unnecessary trouble in whatever it is that you do, you have to obsess over every single detail. Whether you are preparing for a presentation, writing an essay, training for a fight, or anything else that you set yourself to do, you must not leave any stone unturned to make sure that everything is just perfect.

Don’t be fooled by the apparent meaning of the word “almost”…there’s an infinite distance between “almost” and “done”, and while the idiom “do it right or do it twice” is often ringed, there are times when there’s just no second attempt.

So whatever it is you are doing, make sure you do it right, you will realize that things are easier in the long run, when you don’t have to “fix” everything and retrace your steps at every turn.

In time this will become a habit and you’ll get used to doing things to the detail, I don’t think I need to tell you the benefit of “being the guy who does things right”.

That’s it for this post; let me know what you think and what life rules you’ve found in your path! You can leave a comment below or send me a mail to and let me know your thoughts or what you’d like to see posted in the future! Thanks for reading and see you next post!


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