Posted by imrananwar on December 15, 2016
Some photographer posted in a FaceBook group about a model hurting their feelings by saying the photos they took (including location, hair, makeup) weren’t worth more than $10 each. I think a dozen people commented on that post.
As I clicked to post my response on the original post it disappeared. Maybe the original poster deleted their post. I’m just sharing my “comment” here for everyone, as there will always be unappreciative and ungrateful clients in every field.
I wrote: “Most people do not appreciate intangible expertise or subtle specialization or soft services nor put real monetary value on it.
They’ll pay a plumber $200 for fixing a $100 leaky toilet but will have a heart attack paying $300 for cloud & technology or management consulting advice they hit you up for regarding their million dollar business.
I haven’t seen the work the original poster did but assuming it was well done I’d say, go with the attitude, “Yes, the photos were worth just $10 each because the ungrateful model wasn’t worth more. 😋“
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Posted by imrananwar on November 29, 2015
I recently saw a good post on Medium about a poster that author saw on the FaceBook campus… “Ruthless Prioritization”.
That is a great topic of extraordinary significance to me. I have countless ideas. I even get started on dozens.
Yet, my actual productivity, not just output, but effective productivity that gets things done, that brings goals closer to reality, can often be drowned in my desire to organize, prioritize and optimize my tools rather than in doing what needs to get done.
Cal it procrastination, call is avoidance, call it laziness, call it stupidity, but the end result is the same…
Dreams remain dreams, and things do not get done until months later, when I kick myself seeing how easily I could have done them way back when.
One simple rule I am still trying to teach myself is….
Prioritize DOING SOMETHING (Anything!) Over PRIORITIZING!!
It is too easy to become OCD about prioritizing types of things important to us, then prioritizing projects within those, then tasks within those.
I find the ONLY days I get ANYTHING done is when I pick up and DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING, and literally get on a roll of getting things done.
Otherwise, I have spent one-third of my productive life investigating and evaluating tools, one-third installing and optimizing them, and one-third prioritizing things in them… leaving a big fat 0.0% of my time to DO *anything* out of what I need to achieve.
That is still one of the single biggest weaknesses I have…
One of these days I will prioritize my list of weaknesses, to see which ones to find and evaluate tools to overcome next. [wink].
What do you think? Do you have this problem? How do you overcome it?
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Posted by imrananwar on April 14, 2012
I just read an interesting article in BusinessWeek, How to Buy a Motorcycle by Mitch Daniels.
I love motorcycles. (Of course, I love flying, boating, driving German cars, and motorcycles, in that order!).
My Dad bought me my first (and until recently only) motorcycle, a Yamaha Enduro in Pakistan in 1981-82, when they were still imported from Japan.
Twenty years later, in about 2001-2002, here in the USA, I went to go buy another bike because I wanted to enjoy them while I was physically fit. (I prefer racing style bikes to hogs). I figured the under $200 monthly payment was worth it, but was dissuaded by the shocking price of comprehensive insurance.
The insurance company was treating me like a new rider considering how long I had not ridden officially. (I did take friend’s bikes in Pakistan for occasional spins during trips there in that time).
So, 10 more years went by, but as I near 50, I took the leap and last year at my birthday, got myself a gorgeous 2011 Yamaha YZF-R6.
The R1 was just a couple thousand dollars more, and a year older unsold Kawasaki 1400cc was just a thousand more on clearance. It was very tempting. But, I realized the few thousand dollars more was worth the price of the toy but not the almost certain guarantee to have too much power and get myself killed.
However, even though I decided on the 600cc, even after the R6 was delivered to me, I did not ride it until I had taken three riding classes.
I was delighted at how the instructors were pleasantly surprised that I did not need classes but took them anyway. And I am glad I did. I still learnt so much more. I had all the mechanical and riding skills to pass my test, but the lessons, the tips, the advice, the stories of how people get in trouble, made the riding classes a great investment.
I realized something a lot of people may rather forget. In the 30 years since my first Yamaha, the bike I owned went from 100cc street legal dirt bike weighing probably 100 lbs to a 600cc monster of power (max speed 165 mph) weighing 350 lbs, while my body, though fairly fit, has gone from that of a 150 lbs. 18 year old to a man nearing 200 lbs. and 50, even if not feeling (or looking, LOL) it.
I also bought, and read, books like Proficient Motorcycling, and others, and learned even more. In about 8 months, including winter in NY, I put nearly 4000 miles on the bike and loved every minute of it.
I believe in the adage that at the end of life we regret the things we did not do more than the ones we did (and shouldn’t have). But, keep in mind, there are many cases of people where the purchase of a motorcycle more than they could handle led to a hastened end of life.
So, be very, very careful in making this decision. I did not regret it and am blessed so far. But I realize, one false move, even from an inattentive car driver on the road, can mean the end for me.
Choose wisely. Ride safe. I’ll see you on the road.
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