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The Dangers of just this once illustration: Clayton Christensen's quote that "It's easier to hold on to your principles 100% of the time than it is 98% of the time" is played out by one individual sticking to their guns when being badgered about something and another quickly giving in, and ending up at a point very far from their initial stance.

The dangers of just this once

Clayton Christensen, in his book and article ’How will you measure your life?’, discusses what he learned about how to live a life of integrity. Among other things he says:

It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time. If you give in to “just this once,”…you’ll regret where you end up. You’ve got to define for yourself what you stand for and draw the line in a safe place.

I think this is relevant, both in the small things — whether to work out today when it’s raining —  and in the larger decisions which help us be proud of our lives.

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