Why Just Enough Won’t Fly in Today’s World

Just enough trap

Shashank Thakur
2 min readMay 11, 2024


Why Just Enough Won’t Fly in Today’s World
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There’s a seductive comfort in the idea of doing “just enough.” It whispers promises of a stress-free life, a clear boundary between work and personal time. But in today’s dynamic world, where information moves at lightning speed and competition is fierce, “just enough” often translates to stagnation and missed opportunities.

The Evolving Workplace: Why “Just Enough” Isn’t Enough

Let’s face it, the “just enough” mentality might have worked in a bygone era. If your goal was to secure a steady job with a predictable path to retirement, a basic level of competence might have sufficed. However, the reality of today’s job market is far less forgiving.

Consider the ever-evolving tech industry. Imagine an aspiring software developer who coasts by, meeting the bare minimum requirements. While they might secure a starting position, the constant influx of new technologies and frameworks will leave them scrambling to keep up. Meanwhile, a developer who actively seeks out learning opportunities contributes to open-source projects, and stays ahead of the curve will not only be more valuable but also have a clearer path for advancement.

Beyond the Office: Why “Just Enough” Limits Your Impact

The “just enough” trap isn’t limited to professional settings. Take social media for instance. A musician who simply uploads their music to streaming platforms without actively engaging with their audience, promoting shows, or collaborating with other artists might see minimal results. On the other hand, a musician who actively uses social media to connect with fans, build a community, and share their creative process will find themselves fostering a more dedicated following and potentially attracting valuable industry attention.

Finding the Sweet Spot: Strategic Effort Over “Just Enough”

This doesn’t mean we should be constantly hustling and burning ourselves out. Finding a healthy work-life balance is crucial. However, there’s a difference between maintaining boundaries and settling for mediocrity.

The key lies in strategic effort. Instead of mindlessly putting in “just enough” hours, focus on maximizing your output within a reasonable timeframe. This could involve setting clear goals, prioritizing tasks, and actively seeking out learning opportunities.

Embrace the Extra Mile: Standing Out in a Crowded World

Remember, the world rewards those who bring a little extra to the table. It’s the artist who adds a unique touch to their work, the entrepreneur who finds an innovative solution, or the student who goes the extra mile to understand a complex concept.


So, ditch the “just enough” mentality and embrace the power of going the extra mile. In today’s world, it’s the difference between blending in and standing out.