Maurice’s Law of Misplaced Items basically states that the thing you have misplaced is going to be in the most relatively inconvenient location possible. I had an opportunity to test this just today.
Sometimes I get confused. When this happens it can take a good smack to the ego to straighten me out. Ego or pride is the primary problem with knowing when to deliver and when to quit. Here are three points I remembered recently.
Everyone knows I’m a long time Apple user. So you can imagine there are a lot of interactions with Apple that form a fairly long, and at this point mostly positive story.
I’ve just had a sudden realization. All those years in school looking at the other students thinking why can’t they be smarter and just get the math, science, or whatever – I was wrong. They weren’t the slow ones because they were learning exactly the lesson the curriculum was designed to teach them. I was slow. I missed the point. I did not learn my lessons properly.
Seth Godin wrote this ingenious analysis of market changes titled “It’s not the rats you need to worry about“. It got me to thinking about how I prefer CDs over downloaded music. Primarily I have this preference based on the quality of the content. I’d prefer not to have more physical media taking up space in my house, but until someone offers CD quality lossless downloads I feel like I’m stuck. However, I’m not the ideal customer. The last time I bought a CD was 6 months ago, the time before that was a year and a half. One CD a year is not going to sustain your industry.
Several weeks ago I noticed that someone had written the phrase “Nobody likes a quitter.” on a white board in my office. I’ve been pondering this for quite some time now, and I have a few thoughts.
It seems like at least a few people would in fact like quitters. For example, the runner up in a contest comes to mind. Wouldn’t it be nice if just before winning the person in first place decided they couldn’t hack it anymore?
You should never ask a geek what they are doing. Why? Well let us say for the sake of argument that you are not a geek. You are walking around and you see someone you know. They are a known geek. Let us also assume that the geek is using a computer. Now here are a few scenarios.