Fast, Cheap, and Good?

February 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm Leave a comment

During my first few decades in the so called “entertainment industry”, I noticed that there was a basic scheme of things that could be of some use to students of life, a scheme that applies across the board on any sort of project no matter what the field it was in, and that “rule” is:

Fast, cheap, and good…. Pick any two.

This can be represented as a triangle, with each point labeled to represent each of these three possibilities, and demonstrated by covering up one point at a time with your hand, leaving two remaining aspects to be considered.

As in life, in any project there are rules to be aware of. First, you have to understand that without regards to the endeavor, you can, picked at random, get two of the results from the three listed in the title of this post, but chances are good that you’ll be lucky to get even one.

And chances are fair that at some time you will walk away with none.

Here are a few generalities that may be used as guide lines to understanding this paradigm.

1. You picked fast and cheap? Chances are that the results won’t be very good as quality is many times the first victim of poor materials and under trained labor pushed beyond their experience level, which are likely victims of the budget considerations.

2. You chose fast and good? Get used to the idea that it’s going to cost you more to get high quality results in a hurry, cheap out and you’ll be lucky to get it done at all and really lucky if no one gets hurt.

3. Your option was cheap and good? Be aware that it’s likely going to take longer than you expected. And, often so much longer that if you’d have known in advance you may not have even started in the first place with the original plan.

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and/ or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as everyone knows, success usually has a million parents and failure is an orphan.

Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below, I don’t get to choose them and (sadly) I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..  

P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….

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