Here is some great wisdom from Seth Godin’s Blog:
“Repainting your house the same color it already was feels like a waste. It's a lot of effort merely to keep things as they are.
But if you don't do it, time and entropy kick in and the house starts to fade.
The same can be said for 1,000 elements of your organization, including your relationships with customers, staff, suppliers and technology. The way you approach your market, the skill you bring to your craft, the culture in your organization—it constantly needs another coat of paint.
Rust never sleeps.”
In the book The Inevitable, Kevin Kelly says something similar:
“It’s taken me 60 years, but I had an epiphany recently: Everything, without exception, requires additional energy and order to maintain itself.
I knew this in the abstract as the famous second law of thermodynamics, which states that everything is falling apart slowly.
… Existence, it seems, is chiefly maintenance.”
That’s a fantastic reminder that a portion of your profits each year should go to the maintenance and upkeep of important assets and capabilities in your business (and in your personal life).
It’s tempting to “save money” by avoiding regular upkeep and renewal.
But the cost is oftentimes higher than we think.
Remember, rust never sleeps!
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