Why oh why do we let minute details swell up to the point they ultimately overshadow the big stuff? I see it happening in all walks of life, and as much as I try to keep things in perspective, I fall into the same pit.
Call it human nature. Call it being nitpicky. But whatever you call it, it must serve a purpose because attention to detail is ingrained in our lives.
Example: Last weekend I went to a restaurant with some buddies. The experience was very pleasant. Good waiters. Good drinks. Good music. And a good environment. Everything was good, until the bill came. We looked at the menu so we knew what the prices would be, but tacked on to the bill was an “entertainment fee.”
Yes, I know a lot of places in New York do this, but we were oblivious to the charge when we sat down. The entertainment charge was a minuscule fraction of the total bill, not even worth arguing over. But we all left the place with a bitter taste in our mouths. The feeling of enjoyment quickly wiped out. Such a pleasant place should be above nickel and dime strategies.
I would’ve gladly payed a few extra bucks per drink which would’ve equaled out the entertainment. A hidden fee however just ruins your view of the business. Good business is above all honest.
If you own a business, work tirelessly to be transparent and make the particularities count. We’ll pay you what you ask if the experience is worth it. But when you sneakily cheat us out of petty sums, our mind only sees the failed details. Next time we’ll offer our patronage to the place down the block with $20 cocktails but free mints.
From the outside looking in it might seem like business is sexy, but it’s not. The perks that come along with success much later are sexy, but the hard work done daily is far from glamorous. The outside world only sees the finished product.
And by the time you achieve that success, you’re not ecstatic about it. “It’s about time!” is what you say to yourself. “I earned this, damnit!!”
You won’t even need the perks at that point, the work itself is the main prize.
So if you’re in it for the sexy aspects of it, get out now. Practice your singing, acting, or batting. At least the glamour there is part of the gig.