I need a concise way to explain this idea:
Doing the small and easy tasks can be as noble (or more worthwhile) than doing the hard tasks.
100 people can be more effective by working on small tasks — like creating community gardens all over the city, reducing carbon in the environment — than working on larger ones like experimenting and failing at curing major diseases.
I'm more effective spending an hour doing something I know well instead of doing heart surgery.
Going on this train of thought, I imagine there is a word to describe a phase of creating art, brainstorming, or constructing a house that is more productive than others.
As you can see, I'm struggling with a high-level comparison of productivity and effectiveness in individuals versus those in a collective. And also the process someone goes through to say: “Am I going to forge a new road alone (like a cowboy) or join a collective effort?”
I'm trying to avoid politically-charged words like sharing economy, collective, and communism.