The Exciting Monotony
A heart surgeon took his car to his local garage for a regular service, and ends up striking a conversation with a very skilled but grumpy mechanic.
“So tell me,” says the mechanic, “I’ve been wondering about what we both do for a living, and how much more you get paid than me…”
“Yes?” says the surgeon.
“Well look at this,” says the mechanic, as he worked on a big complicated BMW engine, “I check how it’s running, open it up, fix the valves, and put it all back together so it works good as new. We basically do the same job don’t we? And yet you are paid a lot more than me – how do you explain that?”
The surgeon thought for a moment, and smiling gently, replied quietly to the mechanic, “Try it with the engine running.”
A heart surgeon needs to perfect his execution. Unlike the mechanic, he doesn’t have the luxury of trial & error, of turning the ‘engine’ on and off during the operation. The precision of the task is what earns the surgeon a higher socioeconomic status.
The pursuit of perfection delivers handsome returns in all walks of the professional world. The quality that often differentiates achievers from the mainstream is not their innovative brilliance, rather the flawless execution of their routine tasks…