Is Compromise a Dirty Word?


Below is an excerpt of a piece Morra wrote that appeared in Harvard Business Review. You can read the article in its entirety here. You’re successful, ambitious, and full of big plans. You’re on a quest for greatness. But could dreaming smaller help you reach your goals?

My friend Whitney Johnson’s popular pieces on these pages encourage us to dream, to disrupt our thinking, to dare to do great things. But what I take from Whitney’s writing is truly a practical nudge: “Inside of the something you can’t have, there is often the makings of something you can achieve.”

Necessity really is the mother of invention; like many, I took an involuntary course in compromise at work when I found myself with two toddlers, a husband with three jobs, and a small business that would not, no matter how hard I wished it, grow magically by itself.