Optimizing Yourself – Week 17 – Setting Constraints as Big as Dr. Seuss

working with constraints

Working With Constraints

Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) was the master of setting constraints. He once made a bet with a publisher at Random House that he could write a book using 50 words or less.

His power to set limits paid off when Green Eggs and Ham sold more than 200 million copies and was Seuss’s best- selling book

Cat in The Hat was written using only a first grade vocabulary

Limitations inspire creativity by making you find a way to make it work, and setting a schedule helps you get things done whether you feel like it or not, and adds to your productivity.

Everybody has a limited set of tools to work with, but you can work with your tools to maximize what you have.

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to challenge myself to set constraints and make myself work within limits, and find a creative way to make it work. I will let you know how it goes next week.


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The Real Singer of The Grinch’s Theme Song

“The Grinch that stole Christmas” on vhs, was on constant rewind in the 1990’s at our house.  My three sons watched it at Christmas, in the spring, in the summer, and in the fall.  They loved Dr. Suess’s classic Christmas special so much, they wore out the tape from rewinding it so many times, that a message appeared at the beginning of the tape that said “tracking” for the first five minutes.

The original 1966 version of the animated Christmas special was expertly narrated by Boris Karloff.  My son’s favorite part of the show was when the song:  “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” was sung.  I assumed Boris Karloff was the singer of the famous song, until I learned that Boris Karloff couldn’t sing. Instead, actor Thurl Ravenscroft, ( who did the voice of Tony The Tiger for Frosted Flakes), sang the song, but his name was left out of the credits in error on the original film. Isn’t that grrrrrreeeat trivia?