I was watching the latest Sherlock Holmes film recently and marveled at how brilliantly the game of chess was written and conceived at the film's climax. It reminded me though of a discovery I made about myself years before...
Recalling how I used to play chess, back in the day, it struck me that I always played pretty much the same way. No matter how often I told myself to hold my queen back, think a move ahead, secure defenses and retain control of the middle of the board, I didn’t. I’d see a hole in the opposition's defense and drive my queen right into it. Depending on the skill level of my opponent, this would either provide the element of surprise (and my victory) or prove the death of me.
More often than I would have liked, it was the latter.
Quality is entirely controllable and should never be compromised. Unless you are aiming for a career of mediocrity, that is.