Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The egg...

I think I have written this up before, but just in case, I wanted to salve (and solve) this not-too-hard problem for anyone with lingering questions.

The Egg

There were eggs long before there were ever chickens. Dinosaur eggs, fish eggs, etc.

The Chicken egg?

The typical response is that the question was not generic about eggs. What's the answer for the Chicken Egg?


This is where the question of definitions comes into play.

Why does it matter?

It doesn't, really - in terms of chickens and eggs.

But it does matter in understanding that good definitions lead to good understandings.

How does that relate to the "chicken and egg" problems in life?

It's actually very helpful there. In day to day life, people trying to get things done need other things to make progress. It may seem circular that you cannot get a job unless you had one, and it is the same as the basic bootstrap problem in starting a computer or anything else.

The chicken and the egg evolved (together), and each made little bits of progress, the other could go further. So it is with any of these problems. You work them a step at a time. It's always something that's the limitation, so you work to get rid of it and move on.

Business problem examples:

We constantly run into resource limitations with any company that is trying to grow without excess resources. But you may rest assured that, like space in general, nature abhors a vacuum. If there is extra money, you will find a way to spend it. It's the same with almost any resource. And if it's not the case with some excess resource you have, you will likely find a way to sell it to someone else.

I wrote a recent article on all.net named after the song "There's a hole in my bucket" (you should read it). The place where innovation arrives is where resources run out. And if you are doing your job well, you will figure out in advance that resources are running out and innovate before your company hits the ground.

It's about maturing your company

I've touched on this before, but basically, as you mature your company, or any business you engage in within your company, you need to learn to measure things, predict what's going to happen based on measurements and calculations, update your predictions with your measurements, and make decisions based on your predictions and their anticipated accuracy.

You need to make these decisions in advance of the events transpiring, rather than being purely reactive, because if you don't, the plane will hit the ground, and then you will say "I should have ..." while looking at the ashes of your dead company; instead of "I did ..." as you look out of the enormous picture window of your palatial mansion.

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In summary

The egg. Now get back to work.

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