You are most likely facing compromises every day. They stare at you and beg you to accept them. And you sometimes give in to them. You tell yourself that one compromise is just a little thing no one’s going to notice. One little inconsistency people will overlook. A insignificance no one’s going to care about. And you’re probably right.
The thing is, though, that when you make the first compromise you’ll be compelled to make a second one. No one noticed the first compromise so why should they notice the second one. And you’re right, they probably won’t notice it.
And you’ll think that you can get away with a third compromise…
…and as compromises pile up, people will start noticing. You (or your product) will lose credibility and your fans (or customers) will flee to someone who doesn’t make compromises.
Sometimes, of course, you have no choice but to make a compromise. But if you catch yourself making them often take a step back and reevaluate your goals and objectives — compromising probably won’t get you any closer to them. At least not in the long run.