We say, “The devil is in the details.” What does that mean anyway?

I look at it differently but I want to look back at this expression because so many people hang onto it. The expression is interpreted as, “The details of a plan, while seeming insignificant, may contain hidden problems that threaten its overall feasibility.”

It looks at it from the vantage point of how failure occurs. I look at it from the vantage point of how success occurs.

As I’ve said a million times, talent is not enough. The world has so many talented people who never achieve what they’ve set out to do. They don’t practice sufficiently or rehearse what it is they are supposed to do. The result winds up leading to failure.

What I’ve learned is that attention to detail leads to success. Glossing over them may work on occasion… And we fixate on the times where it has worked to gloss over them, rather than pay attention to the times where we thought we could bulldoze our way through to success.

Details matter. They matter in relationships. They matter in the workplace.

Lazy people gloss over details.

Successful people anticipate them and pay attention to them.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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