Convenience isn’t the answer to everything

The other day, I went to Barnes and Noble to find eight new copies of The Coaching Habit for our summer course. Without even thinking about it until I got there, I realized that it was highly unlikely that they would have eight copies of this book in stock.

I bought the one they had and went to Amazon for the other seven. Sure enough, it was delivered to my door (at a cheaper price) that night.

Convenient.

Later that night, I had no car with me to grab take out. So, I just ordered food from Door Dash. 25 minutes later, I had fresh naan and curry delivered to my door.

Convenient.

Just when you think we couldn’t make things more convenient, we go ahead and do.

Thanks to Netflix’s continuous play, I don’t have to think about whether I’ll watch the next episode. You don’t even need to think about what to watch since it does a fairly good job recommending shows.

Finding a job and submitting a resume is now convenient. Texting instead of calling is convenient. Soon, it will be even more convenient to drive (subscription-based, self-driving cars).

One thing though that remains inconvenient is education.

Even with the convenience of online education, 80% of those who sign up for a course will drop out in the first two weeks.

Not everything is ready to be convenient. Diving deep, really learning a subject, getting into the heart of the matter is when change can begin to happen.

The answer then, when something is inconvenient might be to lean in.

Because inconvenience is what get’s our bodies into shape. Inconvenience helps us finish things like med school.

If it is inconvenient, it’s probably important.

Embrace it.