Wednesday, February 17, 2010

i-TFTD #254: For Busy-ness Patients

i-TFTD #254: For Busy-ness Patients

#254-1. Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to what they want to do.

#254-2. It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
-Andre Gide

#254-3. How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
-Paul Sweeney

Patience and priorities… A lot of people have commented on how the Internet age has led to an expectation of "instant gratification" in every sphere of life. Attention spans are decreasing, short-term thinking determines plans and road rage is rampant even in the developing world. In the business world people are questioning the obsession with quarterly results and CEOs who are one-year-wonders with a hefty severance package. A popular mail forward talks about a "slowdown culture" inspired by the Swedish.

On the other hand, this is not applicable to everyone. Instant cameras are great, frozen dinners are fantastic for some.

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