The following email, and subsequent response from Dan Ariely, were originally 156 words; I’ve cut it to 97 words, a decrease of almost 38%.
For years, I’ve been organizing a charity event
for an animal rescue organization. Every year people tell me I’ve outdone myself, and it’s starting to feel like an expectation that the next event will offer more than the last. Now I’m struggling to come up with new ideas , and I’m worried about disappointing the committee. What can I do?
There is a
n interesting study where participants were asked to modify a structure built with Legos. Most participants added more bricks, but a quicker and better strategy was to remove a few. With this in mind, consider whether you could improve the event by subtracting instead of adding. Try keeping it simple and stick to the most successful elements from previous years. We have a tendency to think that the way to make things better is to do more. Often we overlook the value of removing something to increase the appreciation of the rest.
And to further test Dan’s hypothesis, I’ll stop here, instead of adding my own brilliant insights like I usually do. I hope you appreciate it…