“To achieve great things, two things are needed:
a plan, and not quite enough time.”
We know we need a plan. A method in the middle of the madness. Both on the micro level (how to get to that 10am audition on time), and from the global perspective (how to cobble together enough work this year to pay the rent).
But “not quite enough time”? That part of the equation is sadly easy to achieve. There is never, ever enough time. Why did the late great Lenny believe that “not quite enough time” is essential to achieve great things?
First of all, he was probably acknowledging that there are certain battles we shouldn’t pick. Life moves fast, creative people are always in over their heads, and there’s no sense in wringing our hands over it.
And furthermore, he knew that the sense of urgency that comes from a finite amount of time isn’t a bad thing.
“Whom the gods wish to destroy,
they give unlimited resources.”