Counting vs Weighing

On November 19, 2012, in inspiration, by Dan

“Some days are meant to be counted, others are meant to be weighed.”
–Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

It’s easy to count things. New clients. Facebook likes. Dollars in, dollars out. The number of to-do’s crossed off your list.

What’s tougher is weighing. What’s that new patient worth? How valuable is a Facebook like? How much does the thing you just did matter?

A patient who doesn’t follow your treatment plan and doesn’t come back or refer counts. But she doesn’t weigh much. Your last tweet counts on the list of marketing to-do’s. But does it weigh as much as the relationship you’re building with the new doctor?

How do you decide? The things that stretch you weigh more. The things you avoid tend to have real substance, too. And the scary stuff? Heavy, indeed.

By all means count. But don’t forget to weigh.

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3 Responses to “Counting vs Weighing”

  1. Amy says:

    Thanks for this article! It was just the encouragement I needed to know that all the difficult and terrifying decisions I am in the middle of are going to be worth a lot in the long run.

  2. Dan says:

    Thanks Amy!

    Good luck with those weighty decisions….:)

  3. Maha says:

    Hi Dan,
    Thanks for this post. Personally, I prefer quality over quantity,which I think is not the case with many nowadays. Though I have to confess that sometimes quantity is tempting, so it’s good to be reminded of the real value of things.
    I also really liked the quote at the head of your article.


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