‘Better’ over ‘more’

More often than not, we seek ‘more’ as a solution and never ‘better.’

Instead of cultivating a better fashion and dressing sense, we tend to go for more number of clothes to clutter our wardrobes. Instead of developing better financial responsibilities and understanding our needs and wants, we choose to go after more money. Instead of making our existing relationships better and deeper, we work on increasing our circle of casual friendships or acquaintances. Instead of investing in our single child to make him or her a better person, we choose to go for a second one. Instead of accommodating keystone habits and important things in our daily routine, we choose to go after more time-saving hacks by spending more money on junk food and technology.

More is always an easier alternative compared to better. However, choosing the easier option need not necessarily be a better option. Choosing ‘better‘ is always the better option.

Sometimes, in the rush for more, we get confused about what better means, and how attainable it is.

The easiest form of management is to encourage or demand that people do more. The other translation of this phrase is to go faster.

‘Try harder’ is something we hear a lot. After a while, though, we run out of energy for ‘harder.’

You can harangue people about trying harder all you like, but sooner or later, they come up empty.

The most important and difficult form of management (verging on leadership) is to encourage people to do better.

Better is trickier than more because people have trouble visualizing themselves doing better. It requires education and coaching and patience to create a team of people who are better.


Perhaps it’s worth trying better instead.

Try the path you’ve been afraid of.

Spend the time to learn a whole new approach.

Better, not harder.

The opposite of “more” – It’s not “less.” If we care enough, the opposite of more is better.