What do product development, marketing, and washing the dishes have in common?

Here’s a quick story:

A monk told Joshu: “I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me.” Joshu asked: “Have you eaten your rice porridge?” The monk replied: “I have eaten.” Joshu said: “Then you had better wash your bowl.” At that moment the monk was enlightened.

Hey, there always feels like there’s a lot to do.

There’s certainly a lot we could do.

But remembering the act of “doing the next right thing” helps us steer clear of the paradox of choice, paralysis by analysis, or overwhelm.

Doing the next right thing could be to make that call you’ve been putting off. Or accepting a reality in your research.

Or it could simply be to wash your bowl.