I really latched on to the idea of the 80/20 rule when I heard it. The truth is, I was never a perfectionist. I can get distracted easily, and I do not have endless patience. I could not imagine being like my brother, an excellent animator, who can patiently draw basically the same image over and over with minor variation for hours and days at a time. I felt that CAD made it possible for me to be an architect, because I felt I lacked the patience to get accuracy by hand manually. CAD let me draw straight lines.
The 80/20 rule, as I understood it, applied to my approach for high school. If I could understand 80% of the material in 20% of the time, why pursue the remaining 20% understanding that would take 4x as long? And that was true for me.
In a way, architecture was a good profession for me, because some refer to an architect as “Jack of all trades, master of none.” We have to have a good sense for what will work structurally, mechanically, electrically, plumbing, grading, drainage, and so many other aspects, but we rely on engineers or other specialists to refine and perfect.
In the architecture discipline there is still a big need for detail. So I have always been thankful that there are talented people who really love working out the fine points of a project at the detail level.
I also think there is a real need for people who can quickly grasp the general idea behind many concepts because the combination of these concepts is what can solve real problems in a reasonable time frame.
Are you an 80/20 or a 20/80?
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