Measure twice, cut once.
If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well.
And when I cook, I associate quality over quantity. (There are some places, say at a summer camp, where quantity over quality might be preferred…)
Today I read Sasha Dichter’s post, “Fifty Pounds of Clay” and after a few paragraphs I began thinking how perfectly this fit into fundraising. The post recounts an experiment by a ceramics teacher who told half of his class they would be graded by the sheer weight of the pieces they made – the quantity of their output. The other half would be graded on one object – the quality of their output.
Well, come grading time a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work and learning from their mistakes, the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.