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It used to be that when I had the television on, I would inevitably end up watching Home and Garden Television (HGTV). Full of decorating, gardening and home advice, the commercials were not aimed at children, and the information seemed useful.
That was, until the day I realized it was having an adverse affect on me.
HGTV presents houses in perfect order with no clutter, and perfect decorations. You get home renovations that miraculously take shape in 30 minutes. You get decorating ideas that come together simply and quickly in 30 minutes. Everything is neatly packaged in 30 minutes.
Why this is dangerous is we start thinking, “I could do that.” Maybe not in 30 minutes, but it isn’t that hard, right? Because the pros can do it so quickly and effortlessly. I’ve heard hosts say that an entire project could be done in a weekend.
So we start thinking we could have the results from the show. We can see those very things in our own living space. It’s just a quick project, right? One weekend?
What we don’t see is all the hard work behind the scenes. All the other people involved in making that result happen. All the delays and mishaps and mistakes. The staff builders and the shoppers and the cleaners. All professionals, all contributing to the results.
So it leads to unrealistic expectations. We grossly underestimate the effort involved in something that we decided to do on a whim, and it completely sinks all the other projects we have been working on.
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