“Run on limited resources and you’ll be forced to reckon with constraints earlier and more intensely. And that’s a good thing. Constraints drive innovation.”
Say you make “the jump” from employed to self-employed. You probably have little money, few or no clients, and very limited resources. Your constraints will force you to succeed. It will take a lot of work and patience but you’ll do it. If you’re not willing to put in the work then you shouldn’t have made “the jump” in the first place.
Constraints motivate us to succeed and cause us to think outside the box.
This is an idea put forth by Charles Eames (among others).
What’s interesting, though, is how fast people will try to maximize their resources when given the chance. It’s common to romanticize deprivation; few people seek it out, though.
Posted by James on Apr 8, 2006.