“As O’Reilly tells it, the banker chastises him with a metaphor. “You don’t fish with strawberries,” the banker says. “Even if that’s what you like, fish like worms, so that’s what you use.” At first, O’Reilly accepts this advice. Who can argue with the idea that customers should get what they want? But as he thinks it over, he begins to see things differently. “[A] small voice within me said, with a mixture of dismay, wonder, and dawning delight: ‘But that’s just what we’ve always done: gone fishing with strawberries,’ ” he writes. ” ‘And it’s worked!’ ” It’s hard not to read these words as a parable, meant not just for his small staff of book editors but for any person in business — maybe even for anyone trying to make his or her way in the world. “We seek to find what is true in ourselves…trusting that resonance to lead us to kindred spirits in the world, and them to us,” O’Reilly writes. “I like to think that we have the capability to fish with worms when necessary, but in general, we’re farmers, not fishermen, and strawberries go over just fine.” —
basically anything Greg posts is worthy of a reblog.
“Jon Cousins is a 54-year-old software entrepreneur and former advertising executive who was given a diagnosis in 2007 of bipolar affective disorder. Cousins built a self-tracking system to help manage his feelings, which he called Moodscope; now used by about 1,000 others, Moodscope automatically sends e-mail with mood-tracking scores to a few select friends. “My life was changed radically,” Cousins told me recently in an e-mail message. “If I got the odd dip, my friends wanted to know why.” Sometimes, after he records a low score, a friend might simply e-mail: “?” Cousins replies, and that act alone makes him feel better. Moodscope is a blended system in which measurement is supplemented by human sympathy. Self-tracking can sometimes appear narcissistic, but it also allows people to connect with one another in new ways. We leave traces of ourselves with our numbers, like insects putting down a trail of pheromones, and in times of crisis, these signals can lead us to others who share our concerns and care enough to help.” —
Haha, I was literally just thinking on the way home how I wish there was something like Quickbooks where I could track how I feel about myself versus my actual self.