A friend was recently given a cheesemaking class as a gift.
The class focused on how to make the soft Italian cheese burrata.
It was a thoughtful gift: he likes cooking, traditional crafts, and learning how things work. He also loves burrata.
The class was thorough, authentic, educational and fun.
But it didn’t really work out.
He realised making burrata was just more trouble than it was worth.
There’s a long setup, it’s messy, and easy to make mistakes.
The option of paying $7, $10, $12, or even $15 for burrata from a shop or a restaurant was still far more appealing to him.
The class itself was worth it, but building the actual core skill to a useable level (and thus rendering the alternatives at least partially redundant) just wasn’t.
Whether gifts, hobbies, or ventures, we often put ourselves at a disadvantage by taking on things that are more trouble than they’re worth.
It’s worth taking a moment to ask what would really this thing worthwhile for us.
It could be the outcome, the effort, the experience, or even discovering it’s not in fact worth it.
This way, we can choose to step in fully, or just save ourselves the trouble.