“If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”
– Admiral William H. McRaven, University of Texas Commencement Speech (2014)
We’ve pretty much heard enough on this by now. In a world of shoddy and unpleasant and inefficient design, attention to detail is a big winner. But, in order to be good at it, you have to actually be attentive to detail… every detail… every little tiny detail. You can’t be attentive to the big details without a lot of practice at being attentive to every small detail.
In Admiral McRaven’s speech, he had ten points. The first:
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”
One detail at a time—that is the secret. The person who makes the bed every day, properly (no, I doubt that I have ever done so even once in my…
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