Sticking With What Works

Ya know, there are “things” that just work. But some people insist on trying to make them work better. Why can’t they leave well enough alone?

I vaguely remember, at least I think I remember, seeing an old washing machine in the house where I grew up. Attached to the top of it were a couple of rollers. I don’t remember ever seeing it work but apparently when the washing machine was done you put the clothes through the rollers and it would squeeze all the water out of the clothes. I think those were around for a while so they must have worked at least okay.

Yet somebody decided they didn’t work well enough. So they made the washing machine “better” by adding a cycle where the tub spins around real fast and that somehow forces the water out of the clothes. As I have no experience with the old machines with the rollers I can’t say from experience if the new way is better or not. 

Now most of you are thinking at this point the it’s obvious that the new way of washing clothes is much better than the old way. But here’s my question for you.

If we were back in the day of the old fashioned washing machines how many of you would have taken the initiative to make it better? How many of you would have complained about it every time you washed clothes? How many of you would have said, “somebody ought to do something about this?”

How many of you have ever stopped long enough to realize you’re somebody?

The most successful people don’t ask why. They ask why not. They don’t say “somebody” ought to do it. They say, “I’m going to do it.” The most successful people act on their thoughts. 

Here’s an idea, the next time you see a problem don’t complain about it. Don’t hope “somebody” does something. Make the decision to do something about it yourself. Even if you see something that appears to be working well look a little deeper and ask yourself if it could work better. 

Then do something that most people won’t do…TAKE ACTION. 

Sticking with what works makes sense right up until somebody makes something that works better. Why not be that somebody today?

On a completely different subject…I’m trying something new out over on Twitter. It’s called “Super Followers.” For $5 a month people can follow a part of my Twitter steam that is for subscribers only. It features primarily short videos of me talking about the kind of things I tweet and blog about. But the best part is I’m assuming there will be far fewer Super Followers than regular followers. That will give me the opportunity to answer questions more throughly than I can on regular Twitter. Most of the answers will come in the evening cause we all have day jobs, right? Think of it as ”mentoring on demand!”

You can find more information by clicking the Super Follow button on my Twitter profile page. http://twitter.com/leadtoday (You may need to refresh the page to see the Super Follow Button) Give it a try if you’re so inclined, I can’t promise it will last for a long time but I can promise the content will be helpful as long as it does. 

3 thoughts on “Sticking With What Works

  1. I also remember washing machines with rollers for wringing the washing out. And I remember why they disappeared – because once manufacturers advanced to making the rollers power-operated, there was a spate of children deciding to put their hands through the rollers when no-one was looking.

    You said, “..the next time you see a problem don’t complain about it. Don’t hope “somebody” does something. Make the decision to do something about it yourself.” Well, that’s what happened. People complained. Other people did something, by pressing for legislation to build safety into washing machines. Another group of people in the industry decided to look at alternatives to powered wringer rollers and realised that spin drying – using centrifugal force to extract water from clothes – had more advantages for safety, compact kitchen design and labour saving. And still more people decided that “our product is maiming children” wasn’t a strapline they could reasonably sell to investors and decision-makers.

    And that’s why, over a period of years, rollers on washing machines were relegated to museums and spin dryers became the norm.

    1. And that makes perfect sense. I have a feeling that the “somebody” that did something really cared about keeping kids safe. Which if accurate proves the point “if you care to solve a problem you will solve the problem.”

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