If not me

If a person leaves something of value out in public someone is going to take it so if not me then it will be someone else so why not me?

If there is an opportunity to cheat someone and I don’t do it someone else will so why not me?

If there is an opportunity to screw someone over chances are someone else will do it so why shouldn’t I?

It’s easy to rationalize, justify and manipulate your way to making something seem ok but that doesn’t mean it is acceptable.

When you ask “why not me?” realize that sometimes the answer should simply be “because it’s not right” or “because I should be better than that”.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Caring matters

The other day I was speaking to a teacher who was preparing for teacher/parent conferences. I asked him if he was expecting any problems and his response surprised me. He said “the only parents who come are the ones whose children are doing well”

I believe this says a great deal about what is happening in today’s society. It’s not about whether a teacher is good or bad. It’s not about the quality of the school. It’s not about the type of textbooks. It’s all about whether someone cares or not.

Do the parents care? Does the child care?

If the answer of these two questions are “yes” good things will happen. If the answer is “no” than it’s a crap shoot at best.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Haters

If you are attempting to do something significant there will always be people who hate what you are doing.

If you let that stop you than you will end up not accomplishing anything.

Be willing to have people hate what you are doing, it can come from doing something others don’t understand or are afraid to do themselves.

Knowing that not everyone is going to love what you do all the time makes it easier to keep going when the occasional person has a problem with what you are doing.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Ought Implies Can

Immanuel Kant came up with the principle that “Since reason commands that such actions should take place,it must be possible for them to take place.” This is known as the Ought Implies Can principle.

Another way to say this would be you shouldn’t say something should be done if you don’t have a plan for what can be done.

An example of this would be saying “someone should fix the problem we are having with crime”. This doesn’t accomplish anything if you can’t come up with a plan that actually does help fix the problem.

If you want something done, make sure you have a plan on how to do it.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Move the needle

When you step down on the accelerator the car speeds up. When you let go of the accelerator the car slows down.

On the other hand, when you change the color of the interior of a car, it doesn’t affect the performance of the car at all.

When making business decisions should we focus on the things that affect the performance of our business instead of just the appearance?

If we focus on what actually moves the needle we can truly make a difference.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

RTFD

Recently we created a new website for a client and provided them with a tutorial on how to update the content. We offered to provide a training session for how to manage this but were told “we know how to do this”.

This morning I received a message that the site wasn’t working properly. None of their content that they updated was showing.

In looking at the backend of the site, I can’t see where they entered any new content. They did somewhere but certainly not in the right place.

When all else fails one solution is to READ THE F___ING DIRECTIONS!.

Even better, consider reading them before you start, it might save you a LOT of time.

Have a great day!

Lawrence