Posts Tagged ‘investment’

Things ain’t what they used to be

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

I was walking today alongside the ruins of the Wey & Arun canal, which links the river Wey to the river Arun, and used to make it possible to go by river from London to Littlehampton.  However, by 1868, due to competition from the railways it had fallen in to disuse.  Imagine the work it took to excavate 23 miles of canal… and now it is largely just a muddy depression partially overgrown by trees*.

In business and in life, we invest time, effort and ourselves into various projects and ideas, and over time we can feel that they are synonymous with  us.  However, most projects, like the canal have a natural life span and we need to able to walk away from them when they no longer serve us, or when the need can be better met by alternative means.  Just because we have poured ourselves into something is not necessarily a good reason to keep it going once it no longer serves its purpose.  We owe it to ourselves and our stakeholders to challenge even our sacred cows.

What are your sacred cows?


For those of you with a long memory, here is the song that inspired this blog, but be warned it goes back to 1960 and talks about all those new fangled stuff around then…



*  There is an active group who are slowly restoring this lovely piece of history




Auto Erotic

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Today my son is out in the drive, washing his new car. By new of course I don’t mean ‘new’, I mean new to him. He is loving his new pride-and-joy. I still remember fondly my first car, as I suspect we all do, and that heady period when we lavished it with time, care and goodies. I spent hours fitting a tape deck in my Hillman Imp, in which even the heater was regarded as an ‘extra’.

The thing is we spend time, care and resources on those things that matter to us. Conversely people can observe where and with whom we spend our time and energy and deduce what is important to us and where they sit in the pecking order.

Make sure that today you are attending to those things and those people who are truly important to you and don’t let yourself get distracted by all the ‘noise’. For each day that you manage to pull off this trick, you will bring your inner and outer worlds closer into alignment.

“Good things happen when you pay attention.” John F Smith
“When you make a commitment to a relationship, you invest your attention and energy in it more profoundly because you now experience ownership of that relationship.” Barbara de Angelis