A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Bonus Quick Hits

After the holiday, I had more hits than could fit in one post. Actually I had more than I could fit in two posts, but I’ll get to the rest of them later. Here’s a round bonus hits.

  • Having the perfect plan to move forward is ideal, but the world we live in is neither perfect nor ideal. Waiting for a divine sign or an opportunity on a silver platter will just result in more and more waiting. Most of the time we just have to decide to move with the only plan we can see, and learn from it.
  • Sorry, that last one got a little out of control. Still, you should read all of those links.
  • Here’s an unintended consequence of the many hops that have been erected by the TSA to board a plane: More people driving on the roads instead of flying means more people dying in car accidents every year. Flying is statistically safer than driving, even with the vague threat of airborne terrorists, but the hassles and occasional hardship of airport security has been enough to keep me and my family out of the airport for all but the most essential of trips, choosing the family van instead. I guess we’re not alone.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen its Word of the Year. Omnishambles. Add it to your spellcheckers. Use it in a sentence every day. It’s a noun, meaning “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.” I’m using it as an direct replacement for clusterf#&%.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed twice this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up. Also, how is it that none of you took a guess yesterday? What the heck? 

November 30, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bonus Quick Hits

Quick Hits of the Week

  • As a man who is now fascinated by personal finances, I’m always interested in hearing stories about herculean home cost-cutting. I thought my wife was doing a great job by keeping our grocery budget under $500 a month (including toiletries), but then I read Lydia Beiler’s savings tips that keeps her families groceries under $200 a month. Holy crap. I still think we do a great job, but obviously there’s room for improvement.
  • Joseph Sangl recently asked his readers what they would teach their children about money in 10 minutes or less. He had a huge response, and here he posts ten of his favorites. I’ll confess that one of those ten came from me. Can you guess which one?
  • Man, this was a rough post to read, but what a reminder. We’re responsible for raising and guiding our children, but they’re just on loan to us. They can be gone in a flash, and there could be nothing we can do to stop it. What will we teach them? I want my children to grow up to be adventurers on this rock hurtling through space, and not to live in fear of it. What about your kids?
  • It appears that Hostess is going to go bankrupt, and there doesn’t seem to be any stopping it. Funny how I remember it being an industry leader in my childhood. Those cheesy one page ads in the back of my comic books just got a lot more dated. So, given my post earlier this week, what caused this giant to fall? Scott Shackford offers up five four plausible answers, and one entertaining bit of lunacy. I think it was mainly number three, myself, but numbers one and two are making strong cases for themselves these days.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

November 29, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

All Glory is Fleeting

An old friend of mine had a list of rules once. They were the guidelines he used to deal with other people. The list was made up of a couple dozen brief statements that covered most everything. How honest one should be. How much effort one should put into a relationship. When you should kiss her. Etcetera. He called them his Laws of Social Interaction.

One of my favorites went like this, and I’m paraphrasing, “All glory is fleeting. If there’s nobody faster, stronger, smarter or better than you right now, then just wait.” It’s an important thing to remember. Especially when it comes to business and enterprise.

[…]Kodak can’t count on a guaranteed revenue stream: If consumers abandon its products, sales will be zero, and the company will disappear. The history of private-sector duopolies and even monopolies is filled with such seemingly sudden disappearance acts: The A&P supermarket chain–if you’re under forty years old, you probably haven’t even heard of it–enjoyed a U.S. market share of 75 percent as recently as the 1950s. Big-box music retailers and bookstores were supposed to bestride the land like collosi at the turn of our new century, but Virgin mega-stores have all but disappeared, and Borders has just gone bankrupt. Dominant newspapers in one-paper towns were able to book some of the economy’s highest profit margins for four decades–more than 20 percent a year, on average, positively dwarfing such hated industrial icons as Walmart–yet with the explosion of Web-based competition, these onetime mints are now among the least attractive companies in the economy.

There is a positive correlation between an organization’s former dominance and its present inability to cope with  twenty-first century change. As technology business consultant Nilofer Merchant has aptly put it, “The Web turns old industries on their head. Industries that have had monopolies or highly profitable duopolies are the ones most likely to be completely gutted when a more powerful, more efficient system comes along.”

Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie, The Declaration of Independents

How quickly the giants can fall, even when you least expect them to. And it’s not just technology that can undo them. Markets shift, and what was a household staple just a decade ago is no longer. Leadership changes, and the once driving vision is lost.

Which organizations will fall in the next decade? Change is a constant. In the grand scheme of things, everything is vapor.

But what does that mean for us?

Maybe we should prepare ourselves to be more accepting when such changes happen.

Maybe we shouldn’t find ourselves as fearful or frustrated by the strength of certain industry leaders.

Maybe we need to take a longer view of the world around us, and just wait.

Think about all of the change in the last ten years. What do you think the next ten years will bring?

November 26, 2012 Posted by | Past and Future | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Thankful

It’s Thanksgiving Day! Before you enjoy that turkey, and other traditional treats, take a moment and think about what you have to be thankful for. Even as we struggle with the worst moments of our lives, we can still find reasons to be grateful. Maybe today is one of those days for you, but I hope not. I truly pray that this Thanksgiving is a day full of joy and reminders of everything amazing in your life from the past year.

Here’s a little bit from my list:

  • I’m thankful for my God, the Father and Creator for the universe that we live in and all of the wonders in it. I’m thankful for the Earth, and the beauty that we find in it. I’m thankful for how the whole of creation inspires the creators within us.
  • I’m thankful for my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for his sacrifice. I’m thankful for his mercy. I’m thankful for his words and his example. I’m thankful that I’m allowed to follow him.
  • I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit, the Helper and Comforter. I’m thankful for my growing understanding of his presence. I’m thankful for his guidance.
  • I’m thankful for my wife. For so many reasons, she is the perfect woman for me, and I wouldn’t have become the man that I am today without her inspiring and supporting me.
  • I’m thankful for my children, and the opportunity to raise them. I’m thankful that each one of them is different, and that they each teach me something new about myself.
  • I’m thankful for my family. My parents, grandparents, and sister. I’m thankful for the family I married into. I’m thankful for all of these voices speaking into my life.
  • I’m thankful that for the work that I am able to do. I’m thankful that I’m healthy enough, and skilled enough to work steadily. I’m thankful that my work allows me the time and resources to give back through my church and charities.
  • I’m thankful for the growing community of friends and mentors that are a part of my life. I’m thankful for what each one of them contributes. I’m thankful that I have been entrusted with each relationship.

There are so many reasons to be grateful, more than any list could cover. What are you thankful for today?

November 22, 2012 Posted by | Christ and Church, Food and Booze, Marriage and Family, Past and Future, Work and Money | , , , | Comments Off on Thankful