It's always a good day when two good dichotomies collide to create a great new 2x2. This week, two of my favorite dichotomies relating to work, lean vs. fat and divergent vs. convergent came together to produce a most excellent 2x2 I call the How and Why 2x2. Ambitious name, huh? There is a LOT packed into this diagram, and it compactly consolidates a lot of my thinking over the past couple of years, so take a moment to contemplate it and reverentially admire its sheer grandeur before reading on. I like this enough that I might make a larger pretty poster version. I call the associated theory the Grand Unified Theory of Striving (or Slacking), or GUTS. Whether the S stands for striving or slacking depends on which side you're looking at the picture from. If it's striving, it is guts as in guts-and-glory. Maximal, optimal, effort. If it's slacking, it is guts as in sensing subtle things in your guts -- while in relaxed play mode.