Go Back to Basics
Story 1: I was visiting a friend who could not find her cordless phone. After several minutes of searching, her young daughter said, “You know what they should invent? A phone that stays connected to its base so it never gets lost.”
Story 2: Trying to explain to our five-year-old daughter how much computers had changed, my husband pointed to our brand-new personal computer and told her that when he was in college, a computer with the same amount of power would have been the size of a house.
Wide-eyed, our daughter asked, “How big was the mouse?”
Story 3: I realized the impact of computers on my young son one evening when there was a dramatic sunset. Pointing to the western sky, he said, “I wish we could click and save that.”
Of all people, kids know the basics. As we get older, the basics get confusing. Add technology, (which was meant to make our lives less complex) then things get sophisticatedly complicated.
Here are some basic questions:
How do I earn money? Work!
How do I earn a lot of money? Work very hard!
- Yes working smart is good, but there are no shortcuts to success. You have to work hard!
How can I become successful? Serve people.
What business should I start? Look for a business that will serve people. The more the “Money-yer!”
How can I get out of debt? Pay your debt.
How will I pay my debt if I don’t have money? Work, be frugal, prioritize, sell stuff, and don’t borrow money anymore.
You might say, life is not that simple. I say, if we open our eyes, yes, it’s that simple. We are the ones who make our life complicated. When you have difficult questions, “Go Back to Basics.” Asking how a child thinks would help.