Is it too little butter, or too much bread?
Bilbo Baggin's great quote about being stretched thin (“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”) reveals a profound truth:
Most individuals and organizations complain of not having enough butter. We need more resources, we say, to cover this much territory. We need more (time/money/staff) to get the job done.
What happens if instead of always seeking more butter, we find the discipline to cover less bread?
Spreading our butter too thin is a form of hiding. It helps us be busy, but makes it unlikely we will make an impact.
It turns out that doing a great job with what we've got is the single best way to get a chance to do an even better job with more, next time.