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The Battle of Micro and Macro

by Samira Asemanfar

December 9, 2011 | 12:54 pm

MICRO: “Macro, you suck! I come over your house and when I use your bathroom I open a drawer and there’s a million pieces of “I don’t know what to do with” garbage stuffed in there. People always think you know what’s up in the world… like ‘oh macro you’ve got your head on straight you know where you’re going in life.’ That’s a crock of S**t! You seem to know where you are going, but behind closed doors you are just a mess.  Ugh! You make me so angry, why can’t other people see that you’re just a plain old mess that seemingly appears to be put together because you value your mortality and always look at things from a long run perspective. Who cares if you value your mortality when your life is filled with procrastination, unresolved conflict and unorganized material garbage. What kind of life is that!?

MACRO: “Micro, micro. Calm down. Don’t you see that we have beautiful families, kids, a business and are healthy. These are the only things that matter. All the other stuff is just small details. You focus way too much on all the small details. You’re always suffering because you think that having a perfectly organized silverware drawer is going to make your house a better home. If you could only see things from my perspective. In the long run, the only things that matter are the bigger things in life. If you get caught up in the details you’ll miss out on a lot! Don’t be so nuts!”

Sometimes as an entrepreneur, a manager, a business owner, a mother, a father, a homeowner… we get confused as to what is valuable. It’s hard to find resolve and grow in both the small and big issues. It’s, often, not possible to focus on both simultaneously. Personally, as I am growing every day I wonder which is important. I don’t have an answer yet. Some days I just let micro rule and other days, macro. I figure if I give each of them a turn I will create more balance.

Pay attention to which you engage and why you find one to be more valuable than the other.

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I find micro driven by macro tends to be rewarding. will keeping silverware organized make you a happier person? we often let our neurosis drive micro behavior, which ultimately has no macro goal driving it.

Comment by R on 12/18/11 at 9:58 am


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After graduating from the Marshall School of Business at USC in 2004, Samira Asemanfar of Los Angeles California joined KPMG, LLP as an internal auditor and SOX compliance...

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