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Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Thinking Big

I've been busy recently. But in spite of all that busyness, I've never forgotten that we need to continue to earn an honest day's wages in order to keep the food on the table. It's like that: The grasshopper who played all summer, had no food to eat during winter. The hardworking squirrel who secreted away nuts all summer long, did not hunger during winter. Honest earnings are not always easy earnings, but there's a certain satisfaction in looking back at the growing figures in your bank account. Of course, it is possible to overspend whenever celebrating small victories, so much that we spend away our earnings. It is not easy to be frugal, when friends advocate constant spending. In that kind of a situation, I have seen that the people most successful at controlling their spending usually enquire how much is expected to be spent, and how it will be spent. They then entrust their goading relative or friend to make that purchase, after which they reimburse the particular friend or relative. In this way, one is not tempted to spend unnecessarily. Record keeping becomes easier, and any pattern likely to emerge in spending will be properly recorded.

Here is a slideshow that I quite enjoyed, about building up your practice through innovative means.

Innovation is necessary to keep most business organizations from falling into a rut. Yet, at the same time, change for the sake of change, is not necessarily good. Change which makes a positive contribution is called innovation; change which causes more harm than it does good, is called destructive change. We should seek to innovate, when we have identified our weaknesses and shortcomings. It is not possible to navigate in the sea of change without knowing where we want to end up at. Knowing where the organization could improve, is not the same with knowing which improvements are most needed. As funds are often limited, funds should be applied first and foremost to the areas which require the most urgent remedial work. Just because it has always been done in one way, does not mean that it cannot be done in another way. Positive change has often been shown to benefit society, and is not incompatible with the needs and intents of any established business organization.