July 2008

unorganized thoughtsadmin on 18 Jul 2008 05:59 pm

…because until I write the next one, there are enough chances that this would be my last post.

The reason for this (upbeat?) thought was because I was reading about (not watching. The last movie I saw in a theater was almost two years ago) how an actor died before the last movie he was working in finished and now the work he has done in there is immortalized and brilliant. He obviously didn’t know that this would be his last work, the last time he would be doing his job.

Most of us go to work, do some tasks. Sometimes we are proud of what we did and other times (most of the times), it was just another day at work. What if that was the last time you had the opportunity to do that work?

Okay, work is probably not the most relevant example. Most of us work for the paycheck, not because we are part of a movie that millions of people are going to watch us in. Say you like to write (a blog!). Every time you wrote something, chances are, that would be your last post. Your last thought. Did you make it worth it?

I know I didn’t…but my dilemma now is that I can obsess over this not being the best post, versus this not being my last post.

organized thoughtsadmin on 17 Jul 2008 07:06 pm

“Water” for IndyMac Federal Bank customers

unorganized thoughtsadmin on 16 Jul 2008 08:07 pm

I like it way too much when I get something for free, but I even complain too much that I never get enough of things for free. That needs to be fixed, because if I just paid attention, it is surprising how many things are really free…

Free is the smell of freshly brewed coffee, when all you did was pay for your own cup.

Free is being able to watch the pillars of the bridge half covered in clouds, when all you paid was the toll.

Free is the smell inside the bakery, when all you did was go in for a loaf of bread.

Free is the sound that each can makes when you open it, when all you did was pay for the six-pack.

unorganized thoughtsadmin on 16 Jul 2008 07:36 pm

This came up in a conversation with somebody the other day…

Dating is like a buffet meal. You get multiple options to walk to the buffet table, scan the items, pick ones that look good, try out some that you are not sure about and even serve yourself a couple of dishes just for health reasons (that you probably won’t end up eating). Sometimes your friends set you up with somebody, and other times, you meet somebody at a bar or in jazz class. Most of the times it is because you are attracted to how the person looked, sometimes because how smart he/she sounded and a couple of times because your mom would appreciate.

Some people chose their soul mate not by dating. For them it is a sit-down dinner, at a recommended restaurant, in a decent part of town. You read the review, drove past a couple of times inadvertently and noticed it. At the table, you read through the menu and pick what you think, from the one line description of it, would best cater to what your taste buds desire. Something that is appropriately healthy for you and what will probably not give you a heartburn.

At the end of the day, all you desire is a decent meal. Or you end up eating a microwaved TV-dinner by yourself….

unorganized thoughtsadmin on 03 Jul 2008 11:50 pm

Consider this relationship you are in…

You will bake a cake on her birthday, she would plan a bowling-with-friends evening on yours. You wake up every morning and make her breakfast, and she predicts what you would like to eat that evening and be cooking that when you get home. You would never cheat on her, and her perfect day would be lying on the couch with you and watching reruns of law and order.

To me, that makes a very competent relationship. Two people capable of and having suitable and sufficient skills(!) necessary to sustain and execute an adequate relationship.

But (there is always a but), it seems competency is not competent enough.

The trouble with competency here, is exactly what it is with businesses. I have been reading recently (as in I was not doing that prior to the recently), partly due to my interest in marketing, but mainly because of an author whose work is simple and clever. In a book, the author talks about how sometimes, being competent is harmful for your business. As in a local chef at a restaurant, can be competent, but his value is that he is not. Instead he is unpredictable, makes some amazing dishes sometimes and complete failures the other times. But thats exactly the reason why the chef is great. Not just adequate, but exceptional. There is no desire to be competent holding him back, so he creates, he innovates.

If you think being competent is the challenge, the place where you put in some work, being exceptional is tougher.

Don’t wake up every morning just to make breakfast for her and don’t bake her that cake on her birthday. Don’t even hold back flirting with that cute girl at the coffee place. Those things only make you competent. Instead, be incompetent, but amazing…just make sure the other person cares for you, not your competency.