I was thinking a lot today about slowing down everything we do in our lives. We live in such a fast paced environment which can lead to accidents, unfinished products, ideas that are not fully though out, etc.
Sometimes we move so fast because we need to. Other-times we do it because we think that’s what we’re supposed to do.
Here’s a few examples:
– I see car accidents in my neighborhood almost daily. One time a lady was actually run over and killed (true story). I think if people asked themselves “do I really need to drive this fast?” that many of these accidents could be prevented just by being more aware of others and slowing down.
– How many of you have had business ideas that you thought was a great idea? I do this all the time. I have a great idea, and then the next day I’ll be on to something else. I don’t give myself the time for my idea to marinade and following through on these ideas almost never happens. Since there is pressure to make money a lot of good ideas that would take time to develop go to waste since they are not immediate money makers (and who has the time not to make money?). I’ve never heard of an app that took 15 years or more to make but a 15 year old whiskey is better than a 5 year whiskey. Get my point?
– During the school year I wake up at 6:30am 5 days a week after getting home from work at 12:30pm and I rush to drop off my kids at school and my wife at work. Then, in the afternoon at 12:45pm or 1:30pm (yes kids here have basically a half a day of school as the normal school day unless you pay more to keep your kid later which we do not) I rush to pick everyone up from school and work. Then I rush off to work. Then I rush home to try and fall asleep so I can wake up again the next day at 6:30am.
There has to be a better, less stressful, less rushed way to do this and get through the day with ones sanity and physical well-being intact.
My point is I think we’d all benefit a little bit, we’d be less stressed, we’d think a little clearer, we’d follow through on more ideas if we all just slowed down.
For the readers who keep Shabbat, I’m sure you’ll say “that’s what Shabbat is for.” But what about the rest of the week? Is it OK to run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off 6 days of the week? I’m not convinced.
There must be a better way.
Author: Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
“There is a famous business concept called caveat emptor (buyer beware). In secular society, as long as a seller does not blatantly lie or actively conceal a defect, it is the full responsibility of the buyer to exercise due diligence and to inspect what is being purchased. Jewish law takes a totally different approach: It is presumed that no defects or problems exist in a product or property if they are not disclosed explicitly by the seller.”
Full article by clicking this link: http://www.thejewishweek.com/features/street-torah/jewish-business-ethics-proper-marketing-and-selling-0
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“Some highlights from 2010”:
- Direct / Digital ad spending was up 2.7% in 2010 vs. 2009 to $154.4 billion
- Digital was $27.7 billion in 2010 comprising 18% of total
- Online display spending grew 10.7% year over year“Highlights looking forward to 2011”:
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- Direct mail is expected to grow 5.8% to 47.8 billion – direct mail “still really works well for acquisition because it’s easier to target [than other channels].”
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Ian Anderson, founder of the famed Jethro Tull is one of the few musicians I know that has been actively touring the world for more than 40 years.
He’s just one of those guys that has found a style that worked and stuck with it.
I was fortunate enough to be able to go to the Jethro Tull concert last night in Jerusalem and was one of the lucky 400 or 500 people to enjoy a very nice mix of the old Tull and the new Tull.
“Locomotive Breath”, “Aqualung”,” Bourée” and “Nothing is Easy” were a few of the classics that the band performed.
Some new tunes were sprinkled in too such as “Hare in the Wine Cup” a tune about a rabbit that had taken up residence in Ian’s garden some time back.
Another new tune that the band played was written for Ian by Ravi Shankar’s daughter and featured the sitar.
This particular concert was also unique to me in that Ian had an accomplished local Israeli musician by the name of Shlomo Gronich play one song with the band (see the video clip in this post). Sharing the spotlight with a popular local talent came across as a classy move and also an unselfish act as well.
Could there be any lessons to be learned from Jethro Tull for all of the Jewish non-profit and businesses out there?
I think that if Ian Anderson’s career can teach us anything it would seem to be to this:
– Find a unique style or market and just tweak your message as necessary over the years.
– Don’t lose sight of your larger mission and goals and change slowly to fit the new realities that every new year brings.
– If you’re an organisation that tackles worldwide issues, don’t forget to mix in a bit of local flavor as well that best suits each particular campaign you run.
BTW – Today is Ian Anderson’s 63rd birthday!
I hope you enjoy this video clip from last night’s show!