From Dr. Larry

Dr. Larry Gelman is fiercely devoted to each client, with a deep and profound respect for their own self-agency and self-determination.

Two-To-The-Third

Every good carpenter knows the ’old saw’ to “measure twice, cut once.”

The idea is to check and re-check the correct measurement because once you cut you cannot re-cut.

If you cut according to specifications, you are usually “good-to-go.”

If you do not cut according to specifications you are usually “in trouble!”

Some measures in life are complicated and it is not always clear exactly where to “cut.”

So my suggestion during those moments is to consider “two-to-the-third” (or “2-cubed”).

Said differently: “think twice and twice again and twice more.”

Each time you “think” utilizing this method you will have considered where to “cut” eight times...

Because 2 x 2 x 2 = 8 is “two-to-the-third” (or “2-cubed”).

And for most “measures” that need to be taken prior to decisive and irrevocable action...

Eight contemplative evaluations should probably suffice under most circumstances.

Therefore, the proposed alternative rule of “measure-to-cut” when in the slightest doubt...

“Two-to-the-third” (or “2-cubed”).

Author Note: Dr. Larry B. Gelman is a Clinical Psychologist and a Personal Mentor


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