Knowing yourself – what you stand for, what you want to achieve, how you like things done, what you want to avoid – is important mainly because it saves you from the frustration of not being able to have it all.
You can have control and you can have agility. You can’t have them both.
You can have family time and you can have a glorious career. You can’t have them both.
You can have independence and you can have stability. You can’t have them both.
When you know yourself, you know what matter, and letting go of things is just easier.
Note: of course, there are exceptions. Some people can have one and the other. But exceptions are rare, and betting on them is often conducive to further frustration.
Bureaucracy is there mainly because somebody wants to save their ass.
Perhaps it’s because they don’t want to take a chance, or because they feel the risk is too high, or because they prefer not to be bothered rethinking a process that has worked once, or because they are disturbed by the chaos that different opinions and ways would bring about, or because nobody has ever done it before.
Bureaucracy puts an end to all that and it protects somebody’s ass. It’s infuriating, unnerving, impossible to understand. But it’s safe.
Bureaucracy is inevitable in many aspects of life, but a bureaucratic mindset can sneak in places where it should probably not be.
Like a team, or a project that aims at being innovative.