I’m at a coffee shop right now, and it’s amazing. I love it. Live jazz music, a tasty coffee, a pastry, a comfy couch to sit on, and my laptop. As a writer, I think this is the most inspiring atmosphere that exists. I love jazz, coffee, pastries, couches, and laptops. They have free WiFi as well. Right now, life’s good.
Back home, when I was still in high school, I would be on the internet while doing homework, especially when I was writing papers for my english and my history classes. Whenever my dad or my mom walked in, they would say something like, “get off the internet and focus on homework!” I would say “I get inspired by watching YouTube videos! They help me write better!” My parents always thought it was an absurd thing to say, but depending on what kind of videos I watch, or the music I listen to while doing homework, I get the work done faster and better.
I get my inspiration from interesting conversations, intelligent music, and creative atmospheres (like coffee shops, art galleries, or even outside in the middle of nature). It just does something to your brain. It jumpstarts that creative mind of yours. Once you have that going, you can be extremely creative, in fact, so much so, that when you present your idea to your friends, they’ll think you’re crazy.
As a writer and blogger I need to be able to come up with new ideas all the time, so I open myself up to the creative world: I hang out with entrepreneurs, I listen to good music (not Lady Gaga), and I try to think of things to do that are unique or rare. I have developed some of my own business ideas for the future, usually things that would revolutionise a specific area of life, for example nutrition or electricity.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Comment below. Who knows, maybe your comment will inspire me to write about something really awesome.
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Many people, in fact, most people in the world have this thing for money. It’s called greed. In the media, and even in school, you’re taught that “more is always better.” People know that, and they go about their work with this greedy attitude. “I want s’mo!” Basically, it’s all about profit maximisation.
For some reason, we believe that if we have more, we will be happy. The American Dream, right? But, really, that’s not the case, because if we get more, we will still want more, and the more we get, the less we want to lose or give away. Knowing that, we still, however, want more stuff, because it satisfies us to know that we have acquired more stuff and that we have ownership over it. That’s why rich people don’t give to the poor although they have enough money to feed an entire country (sometimes). They keep their money and possessions to themselves, because they think, “it’s mine!” We just love Mammon. That “it’s-mine-and-I-want-more-of-it-attitude” the opposite of humbleness. But I like being around humble people. They’re nice. Too bad there aren’t many of them.
The thing is, we are actually low-maintanance beings. People survive in slums, prisons, and on the street – some of the dirtiest living conditions on the planet. I could go on an inequality rant now, but I’m not in the mood. Instead, I want you to realise that we don’t need much to live. It would be nice, for the time-being, to have a lot of cash to spend, although, without good financial education, it is very likely that you’ll end up in debt, and that will hurt the future generation if you don’t take care of it sooner than later.
So, if this lie, “more is always better,” promotes injustice, inequality, selfishness, and greed (which it does), then what’s the solution?
*Drum roll, please…
What does that mean? It means, we keep what we need, and give away the excess. That’s basically the essence of a stable community. You keep what you need, you share what you have, and you give away the excess stuff, whatever it might be: cars, houses, money, connections, whatever. That’s how you help each other out. Optimise your profit gains in a way that you are financially secure while having the ability to help others to acquire financial security as well.
If we can understand that greed and selfishness aren’t good things, then we don’t need to buy the new Porsche with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like, so: no debt, no arrogance, no frustration, and no debt. (That’s the Indian side of me: when Indians want to make something sound important or big, they don’t use words like “very” or “really,” they just repeat the word twice. Simple culture. There, now you don’t have to spend money to go to India to find out what their culture is like, because I just explained it to you.)
So there you have it: profit maximisation vs. profit optimisation. Feedback is appreciated.
I had a really interesting conversation with one of my friends today. He is a young business owner with a lot of experience. I know, it’s a weird combination, but it’s possible. We were sitting by the campfire, smoking our cigars, listening to a melodic guitar in the background. He told me that he started a business and he needs a personal assistant now. The question is, what’s the perfect personal assistant?
There are two types of personal assistants:
1. The List-killer. That’s the kind of person to whom you give a list of tasks, and they will execute every task, no questions asked. Basically, you’re telling them what to do, and they do it. Perfectly. That’s a great help, and they will save you a lot of time. However, they don’t see the value and the long term result of the company’s impact in the economy. Therefore, they would be the perfect short-term PA.
2. The Advisor. This type of PA doesn’t work for you just because of the money, although a PA position does pay well. An advisor believes in the betterment of the company, and they will do everything to improve it. They will execute whatever task you give him, but they will also look for ways how they can help the company other than just running errands for you, because they do see the value and the long term result of the company’s economic influence. They will give you advice regarding what logistical, financial, or managerial move to make. They would be the perfect long-term PA.
As always, I appreciate your thoughts, so have at it – share your opinions and thoughts in the comment section below.