We are all looking for shortcuts. Hacks. Things that will make a huge difference for a small outpouring of resources. But the simple truth in almost every endeavor is that if we begin with the best ingredients, we will get the best outcome.
It seems like such a simple idea to even propose. But we waste so much time in pursuit of the trick or the tip, trying to make the mediocre amazing. But in the end it will almost always wind up being faster, cheaper, and better, if we would make the prime ingredient our priority.
Yes, necessity is the mother of invention and many times placing constraints on our creativity will yield outsized results, but I am talking about the raw ingredients. By using the ripest fruit it will not matter what kind of knife or blender you are using. Putting an amazing singer in front of a cheap microphone will have little bearing on the impact of their performance for the listener. The examples are endless.
How much better off would we be if we concentrated all of our efforts on finding and using the best ingredients? How much more could we accomplish just by the nature of this one simple choice.
And once we have done this, then we can go after the next weakest link in our chain. Better knives or microphones. But until we have mastered the art of sourcing this element, we are squandering our potential.