I drive a minivan. I am a man. This is difficult – not the being a man, but driving a minivan. It does not have four-wheel drive, it does not have great ground clearance, I can’t hook a snow plow up to the front or a 2″ ball hitch to the back. I can’t throw a full cord of wood in the back or a muddy dog after a romp in the woods and creek. I am a father of four, and my wife is a stay-at-home mom – I drive a minivan.
This brings me to the 60/40 principle. You have all heard of the 80/20 principle, where 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people, well the 60/40 principle is the reality of a good decision. Note that I did not say a bad decision. Driving a minivan is a good decision. With a good decision, you gain 60%, but you also lose 40%. These aren’t exact numbers, and they don’t always line up exactly 60/40, but it is a good rule of thumb. A decision is just that, a decision. You have to decide between the good of one vs. the good of the other. Sometimes the decision is easy, sometimes it isn’t; but you are always choosing between the good in the two options.
To believe that in making a good decision everyone will agree with you is naive at best, and foolish at worst. Some will value the good differently. Some are so emotionally tied to a decision that they are unwilling to see any other option. I really didn’t want to drive a minivan, but I did really want to have four kids, and I really did want my wife to be able to stay at home. Familial and financial won out over the F250.
Don’t let the loss of the 40% hold you back from making the right decision, and certainly don’t let the loss of the 40% make you regret the right decision. Own the loss, choose the better option, and move on.
It’s been 11 years without a pickup truck, and I have hauled dead animals (hunting and fishing), woodworking supplies and materials and a few face cords of firewood in the back of my minivans. It has been more difficult, and less efficient than if I had had a truck – but I am ok with that; especially because this spring I finallly get my F250 v10!
P.S. The Dodge Grand Caravan can fit a 4’x8′ sheet of plywood in the back with its stow-n-go seating stowed!