Think about these scenarios:

> Someone drives an extra mile to save two-cents per gallon in gas.

> A person says yes to the $200 custom floor mats when buying a $20,000 car.

> A homeowner agrees to pay an extra $2,000 for a porch as he is making final decisions to build a $200,000 home.

> A company agrees to change vendors in order to receive additional features so adds $20,000 to their $2 million budget.

> A government department adds a new $2 million expense to a $2 billion line item and barely notices it.

Oftentimes people get lost in the moment and forget about the context in which they are making their decision. It is easy to be seduced by the scale and lose grounding as to what is reality. 

The next time you want to “add”, step back and consider what you are committing to on its own. More time and more money is more, even if it is small in relation to the whole. It may be worth it, but it’s also worth the moment to evaluate whether it is.

— beth triplett

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