I haven’t posted any quotes in awhile. Here are some inspirational ones:
“To make any kind of progress, we need to imagine a different reality and believe it is possible.” Tali Sharot
“Don’t ever forget you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character.” Aaron Sorkin
“If we want to change things, we must first change ourselves. If we want to play—if we want to change the world—we must first show up on the field to score.” Paul Rusesabagina
I just finished a book called Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but knowing the book was written by Chip and Dan Heath, I figured I’d enjoy it and learn something. I read their first book, Made to Stick, for a marketing class.
Change is hard. Even when we know a change would be good for us. The book is a great resource for people wanting to make changes in an organization…but a lot applies for those wanting to make personal changes, too. One point that I found interesting is that when interested in making a change, we often focus on what is “wrong” and needs to be “fixed.” The Heath brothers point out that it helps to sometimes look at what is working. They call them “bright spots.” What a concept.
They also talked about how many problems are situational, when we want to blame them on people. If we make a minor change to the situation, we can change people’s behavior. They gave an example of two high school kids being late to class and not paying attention. Instead of punishing them, etc. the brilliant teacher tweaked the environment (bought a comfy couch to put in the front of the room) and those same two kids started showing up to class early to get a seat on the comfy couch.
If you’re inspired to make a change in your life or at work, pick up this book. If you join the brothers’ mailing list, you can also download podcasts and other materials for free from their website.
I went through my paper files last night, as I do at the end of every year. I looked at my pile of utility bills from the year and wondered if I needed to keep them. I hopped online and searched “how long does one need to keep utility bills.” I looked at a few sites, just to compare their answers. I trusted this CNN page more than the answer.coms and wiki sites.
Great, I could shred those utility bills! And wait, I guess I didn’t need my bank statements from 2006…and I could shred all of my credit card statements, too. My little baby shredder is going to be on fire today! I hope not literally; that dang thing gets hot.
Happy shredding! And a happy new year to all. I came across this site today and thought it would serve as a good resource for starting off a new year…