All things being equal

Those are four words that are often overlooked when we focus on the rest on the sentence instead.

“All things being equal, pick the cheapest option.” Or, “All things being equal, go with the one that creates new opportunities.” Or perhaps, “All things being equal, stick with what you’ve got.”

The thing is, all things are rarely equal.

We rush over the equal part and race to the second part of the clause, going for the cheaper one or whatever the organizational default is.

It’s worth a cycle or two to realize that we might be missing nuances in our decision making.

All things are rarely equal.