September 29, 2008

Motivating Change

Perhaps you’re like me. You begin the day with a warm beverage and sift through hundreds of pages of information. Google Reader, FriendFeed, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Facebook, and news sites. The list is endless. So is the information.

We all do our best to stay on top of information while contributing to the endless news cycle. I feel out of uniform if I’m not finding and sharing some pearl of wisdom every now and then – it seems like the price of admission.

We are all talking about the financial situation these days but what has jumped off the screen for me is the amount of pontificating there is lately on what is next. How will we share information, befriend each other, forage and gather? My answer perhaps naïve, is rather simple - nothing will change.

We will build new sites, find new interfaces to incorporate, invent new gadgets to play with, discover more efficient ways to share information, but nothing will change.

There are three reasons why we don’t do something:
1 - We don’t know how to do it.
2 - Some sort of mental or physical limitation prevents us from doing it.
3 - We don’t want to do it.

You could list “busy” as a reason but it’s not. If I told you that there was $1 Million in tax-free cash waiting for you in Cairo, you would book your ticket immediately. If your child or a dear friend needed you, you would drop what you were doing and tend to them.

You can take two people with identical professional backgrounds and you may discover vastly different motivating factors in each. No website or gadget will change that.

In order for you to have your way, you need to remember others want theirs too. What will never change is human behavior and that is worth celebrating.

km

 
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