If we all stopped to think about ways or times cutting corners came back to bite us in the behind, I bet we’d have countless stories. More recently, we’ve had Flint, Michigan as a prime, national example.

The Governor made a decision to utilize a questionable water supply, and now after almost two years, the ramifications are out in the open. Only, his constituents suffer and he, I bet doesn’t even live there!

We only need to look at the industries we work in, or simple, daily observations will provide ample examples. For instance, fast food. When you’re in a bind or a time crunch, fast food provides a quick fix, but the ill effects of consuming too much fast food is a big price to pay.  

In the past I’ve had friends and acquaintances ask if I cook everyday with a surprised tone. While I don’t make 3 meals a day, 7 times a week, my family believes in leftovers. More often than not, we eat home cooked meals. Is it easy? Heck no… it’s time consuming, but for our health, it’s time well spent. 

We can look at other areas too. I’m an artist, and I support the graphic design field; everyone wants custom pieces, the best branding and exceptional websites with cool features… Oh, and most of your time and attention too, but rarely is the expense or monetary value fully acknowledged. 

Having a budget is fine, but having an accurate expectation for that budget, is best for everyone. 

I bet we can continue with the examples (I’ve heard and experienced tons more), but the take away: when we cut corners, we’re wasting time and funds. Yes, funds! More often than not, it costs you more to fix what should have been done right the first time. 

Back to Flint. Young children, and those with existing health risks suffer most. Parents and homeowners with water bills, have payed for a water supply they can’t use, and not only is that state now under strain, the nation has had to step in as well. 

Hopefully we as individuals, and as a nation can learn from this. Cutting corners is ineffective in every way… No one wins!

P.S. This blog in no way reflects it, but there are also racial and economic dynamics at play… another conversation for another day.