The Weird Strategy Dr. Seuss Used to Create His Greatest Work (And Why You Should Use It Too)
That is why professionals set a schedule for their production while amateurs wait for the perfect moment.
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In 1960, Theo Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, was challenged to write an entertaining children's book using only 50 different words. The result was the best-selling book, Green Eggs and Ham. It sold over 200 million copies.
Dr. Seuss discovered while writing his book "Green Eggs and Ham" the power of setting constraints.
Setting limits for yourself (time, money, words, etc.) often leads to better results than if you keep your options open.
We often complain about our limitations. "I don't have enough time." or "I don't have enough money." Every artist has a limited set of tools to create with. Every entrepreneur has limited resources to work with.
Constraints don't hamper you. Once you know your constraints, you can find out how to work with them.
We can complain about our limits or use them. How you use that constraint is up to you.
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The biggest advantage of constraining time is that it’s always unambiguous. If you decide to work for three hours and then stop, there’s no confusion there.
Disadvantage: time constraints can encourage a sloppier attitude towards work. For example, you might decide to spend all day studying in the library—but without tasks to constrain your productivity, you end up checking your phone.
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