2 characteristics of systems that work in the long run

1. Built-in flexibility. Sometimes, once you plunge into a project, you realize that the original plans don’t work. And, every once in a while, even if the original plans work, they need to be de-prioritized. Openness to change is critical. To take a personal example, a rigid exercise regime that offers no break will fail.

2. Predictable tracking. Predictable tracking is how we ensure if we are taking executing as per plan and, if we are, if our actions are still contributing to progress. No tracking -> no accountability -> no progress. And, going back to the exercise example, whether you make progress or not, check in with yourself every week. What gets measured gets done.

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