Friday, March 30, 2012

Principle and aura

Principles are a truth of your world and that is true because you decided it.
Principles are never wrong.
A principle is a road you follow.

Whatever it might be keep it short, so you can make no compromise, no interpretation.
A short principle is a railroad with protection barrier.
A long principle is a blurry line in the sand.

People that violate your principles are wrong.
Yes, you can always find a point of view in the universe that can make them right.
But these point of view are only useful for diplomacy.

Your point of view is unique and is the one that matter.

That's what this guy shows :

That's why employees, customers, and suppliers love zappos.
That's how amazon (Jeff Bezos) won me as a customer for life by refunding transport fee because my article was 1 hour late. (Go to 6:26)

Their principles are a road graved in stone, and they will never deviate it.
It might have started blurry, but time forged it in stone... with an aura.

Their principles are so solid that it became contagious and people took them for

Now I'm suspicous when I see a company without principle.
The principle of microsoft was productivity at work.
This become a blurry line though when I use windows 8 and metro UI.

My principle as a trainer is : The best course makes you curious.
As a developer : The best software is the one that you does not notice.
Overall : Time is the best currency.

No contract or policy will make me deviate from it.

What's yours ?

Loose your principles, loose your aura.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The best work is no work at all

At school they told me : Write at least 1200 words, 4 pages, 120 lines...
Solve the problem with the most work you can.

Developers told me : Look at what I have done with only 300 lines of code.
Solve the problem with the least work you can.

And smart developers told me : the best code is no code at all.
Does not solve the problem, eliminate it.

No code means no documentation, no bugs, less complexity, no maintainability.

I generalize : Given a result to achieve, the best work is no work at all.
Maybe the result is not worth it, maybe he will achieve itself, with or without you, maybe you already achieved the result and you are not aware of it.

No work is no blame, no documentation, no time lost, no paperwork.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The time account

If time is a universal currency, what is your budget with it ?
  • You can purchase money.
  • You can purchase sleep.
  • You can purchase goods.
  • You can purchase experience.
For most people, money has a budget of 8 hours.

Money is really good at giving peace of mind and security :
"If everything goes wrong, with a bank account full enough, I can always come back in the game."

It also does a good job at purchasing any goods you want if you can afford to give some time to pay change commissions twice. (conversion of the from time to money and money to good)

Another 8 hours of your time account purchase sleep, and that is a fixed cost...
I tried to make the budget smaller by giving a shot to polyphasic sleep but that work only if the world around you is also polyphasic.

Purchasing goods with time is very rare without changing it to money before. But you can get good offer since middle men don't take commission on currency change.

The time left is what is allocated to experiences.

Maybe it sounds obvious but you can't put time in a saving account and earn interests, you have to spend it today or never.

Most of you want to buy less money (working less).
But where will you spend it instead ? (remember, no saving account)

On what experience will you spend ?
Do you really need more of that experience ? a different experience ?

Be careful, spending on money is wiser than spending on junk experience...
And that is not so easy to avoid. Being busy is one tactic to escape such problem.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Time is the only true currency

Economics and mathematic tell you 8$ is twice 4$.

But it does not tell you that :
  • For the homeless 100$ is a bliss,
  • For the billionaire 100$ is a rounding error.
But everyone has the same amount of time (more or less). And nobody knows how much is left.
  • For the homeless 100$ is worth one month.
  • For the billionaire 100$ is worth one breath.
But, no matter how you look at it, for both, 5 min remains 5min.

That's why I use economics and mathematic rules on time, and not on money.

33cl or Coca-cola cost 2$, or for most people, 10 minutes. If you take the habit of drinking 1 bottle per day, your habit cost your approximatly 3 days/year.

If your car cost your 1 week per month, and you decide to sell it, how will you spend this new free week per month ? How will you spend the 2 whole month of free time it gives you per year ?

What about smoking Tobacco ? going to the Restaurant ?

Once you master doing it for yourself, change your mind about business and
stop asking : how much your customer value is time ?
start asking : how much your customer value his money ? (50 000$ might worth a breath)

A trade is a transfer of time between two entity.

Given this new definition :
A fair trade is not about receiving as much money as the value of time you spent.
A fair trade is about receiving as much time as the other party is giving you.

So when defining the price,
stop asking : how much money is it worth ?
start asking : how much time is it worth ?

(This is a not so new idea, used by the movie Timeout... but this movie is not worth 1H50 -price of ticket + time to see it-)