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Throughput

There's a delightful novel called The Phoenix Project which is a fictional story of a software firm, and brings out really well the workings of any such reasonably big firm.

Without giving away much, the plot compares delivery of software to the workings of a mechanical assembly line. 

And the idea in both cases, is to maximise the throughput. 

Adding a lot of input will just choke the assembly line and build up a backup, most of which will have to be thrown away (if perishable). 

Adding too little input will under-utilise the assembly line and a lot of potential goes unmet. 

Which means there is such a thing as the right amount of input. 

We consume a lot of information - podcasts, articles, books, shows, conversations, experiences. All of that is input to our brains. 

If we aren't utilising these inputs and generating enough outputs in the form of learnings, changed minds / behaviours, new habits established, or creative outputs of our own, then we are simply clogging the assembly line and taking in more input makes no difference. It will simply be thrown away.

A lot of people are maximising their input. 

We need to maximise our throughput instead.

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