The singular advantage of obsession is its intimacy with the present; and by the same token its ignorance of the past. I say this perhaps with the further strength of knowing that I am by definition unprepared to compromise one for the other. In the end - there's that word again - either pole is predicted by the same conviction. In business it isn't a question of what one can get away with, or how long a thing can be avoided, or who or what is to blame for the delay; but rather is the thing done that we knew or ought to have known should be done? If so, then all is revealed. Nothing else competes.
There is nothing glamorous about being a good cook. It's dirty work from beginning to end. And anyone who imagines that the so-called cerebral pursuits are any less ignominious is deceiving himself. Dirty fingernails are routine in any trade; and any business is a trade, make no mistake. The adage about comparing sausage and law (the two things you don't want to see being made) is true. Detail is the fright and glory of our existential lot. At least it is of mine!