Minimizing or Maximizing?
When everyone else is trying to automate everything, using a little human intervention can be a competitive advantage.
The problem is when business owners see it as a cost, instead of an opportunity.Trying to minimize costs, instead of maximize income, quality, loyalty, happiness, connection, and all those other wonderful things that come from real human attention.
You can buy a fancy phone routing system, so people have to listen to 9 options, choose option 5, then listen to 6 more options…
… or …
You can hire a charming person to pick up the phone on the first ring, and make a great impression.
Which one do you think will win you new fans?
from Questionnaire by Wendell Barry
In the name of patriotism and the flag, how much of our beloved land are you willing to desecrate? List in the following spaces the mountains, rivers, towns, farms you could most readily do without.
State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes, the energy sources, the kinds of security, for which you would kill a child. Name, please, the children whom you would be willing to kill.”
Procrastination is perhaps the worst, most damaging failure of all. We who believe in Jesus, who hope in vindication, who proclaim the love of the heavenly Father, waste our time trying to avoid the things that are most important. How much faith, how much hope, how much love does the perpetual procrastinator really have?
Brennan Manning - The Ragamuffin Gospel
Its almost like they applied instagram croping and filters to the image:
“The ultimate rite of passage for a Vespa enthusiast is long-term travel: a deeply personal journey made by the brave. Indonesia gives way to this adventurous lifestyle through lightly enforced road rules. Though there is a real risk that if caught, vehicles can be confiscated. So, with that, many Vespa nomads travel under the veil of night, as engines sputter on open, traffic-free roads and unregistered, modified creations typically go undetected.”
“In church on Sunday, we sang a hymn unfamiliar to me in which we asked the Lord to deliver us from “love of pleasure,” which, as I sang it, I realized I have no intention of giving up. None. Okay, it’s Lent but I was raised fundamentalist and it took me a long time to enjoy pleasure, let alone love it. This was on the windy wintry northern plains where, frankly, Lent seems redundant.”
If you’re not part of the Craig Mod’s The _________ Explorers Club, you should be. craigmod.com/membershi…
A journey implies a destination, so many miles to be consumed, while a walk is its own measure, complete at every point along the way.
-Thomas A Clark in “In Praise of Walking”
HT Craig Mod
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.
Just started reading Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism and it sounds a lot like @PatrickRhone so far.
“I’ve become convinced that what you need instead is a full-fledged philosophy of technology use, rooted in your deep values, that provides clear answers to the questions of what tools you should use and how you should use them and, equally important, enables you to confidently ignore everything else…I call it digital minimalism, and it applies the belief that less can be more to our relationship with digital tools.”
from “Los Lunas”
“I can fix anything except for me. It’s easy.”
If you are a sales rep for a vendor and use the phrase “circle back” with me in a conversation we are probably finished with that conversation.
“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler
Via Derek Sivers sivers.org/unlearnin…