Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Stopping 100% is easier than stopping 50%

My brother Lyle has just released his new book Small is Possible. He is doing a reading at the Bookshelf in Guelph on Tuesday, June 17th @ 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. I have been to another of his readings and he is a good reader so it should be good.

My brother Glen has also been writing. Articles about the comeback and energy efficiency of rail. This particularly interests me since SYNNEX is a logistics company and we have to seriously look at the impact higher energy costs have on the distribution chain. My limited experience with shipping by rail tells me there needs to be a disruptive shift in tracking and moving trains to make it viable in the fast moving computer industry.

Interesting blog on the future of search at Primal Fusion.

I have noticed an interesting trait in people - especially those who like to overindulge (and I include myself in those people). It is easier to be 100% than 50%. For example, it is easier to be a tee-totaller than cut back drinking.

I do not eat red meat so it is very easy for me to just say no. It is a rule. I occasionally eat chicken but want to only eat it maximum once a week. It is tougher to keep this rule than the eating no red meat rule.

Firm rules can be a great way to change.

I guess it is like habits. If I work out every day when I get up, it is easier than working out some days.


At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought your brother's book based on your post. I hope it's good ;-)


At 2:05 PM, Blogger Cardoso said...

In respect to rail.
It is a shame that we do not yet have a rail system adapetd to take all trucks away from the 401.
All is needed is adapted, swing, platforma in say, Mtl, Kingston and say Oshawa.
The load and unload would take only minutes and would be very lucrative to CN without talking about all of us.

At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I find it very hard to be moderate, but being moderate is a skill that can be learned.


At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it is easier to switch in a binary way. I'd love to be able to achieve the moderation described by anonymous (TGN), but I find it hard too.

Maybe it's related to a combination of being a driven individual and the abundance of commitment that is required to achieve action. I came to your blog because of the alignment of the subject matter of some of our posts ( It's an area of huge interest to me as CEO of a company (millions not billions), because it's absolutely my limiting resource.

However, I'm finding with investigation that focusing on balancing the subject matter of my managed time is creating huge productivity dividends. This is compared with my earlier pursuit of ruthless time efficiency.



At 1:44 PM, Blogger Matthew Cornell said...

Great point. Check out "The Dip" by Seth Godin. It talks about when to quit (and when to push through). Tasty stuff.


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