Enduring value

Seth Godin writes a really original blog.  Mostly random and radical thoughts that, while firmly opined, challenge conventional mores around marketing.  They require the reader to think because he seems to strive to NOT provide all the answers.  A good example is his most recent post called Bring me stuff that’s dead, please.  If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you might recognize almost immediately as you read Seth’s post why I am attracted to much of what he writes. He hints at behaviors that have fallen out of fashion.  An appreciation for the long view, patience, careful consideration of an idea, circumspection, exploration with thoroughness….it seems these are not often-practiced, well-respected, or well-honed traits and skills these days.  That’s part of my interpretation of his blog post and Seth refers to the people he derides as the “drive-by technorati”.   That’s a clever and a punchy moniker, but I prefer another phrase to refer to people who need to jump on the latest device/app/platform before everyone else and then when their curiosity is satiated, declare as “dead” that very thing they were once so enamoured of.  It seems to me they are missing something and so I refer to them as, “people in need of a more well-rounded life”.  It’s less Hollywood-y and probably wouldn’t make them smirk with pleasure quite as much.  Nevertheless I think we agree, Seth and I, that real value isn’t always what’s apparent right away.  The enduring value of any particular thing is, when through its use or appreciation over time, positive change occurs.  It almost always requires exploration, experimentation, careful consideration of alternative ideas, and patience.  Enduring value is usually out of reach of people with limited attention spans.

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

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