Money never just is, it should do…

People who don’t have money say, “We don’t need it”.  People who have money say, “More money, more problems”.  People who kinda have enough money sit around wondering if it’s enough.  All of us say, “Money is just a means”.  Well, there’s a lot said about money over the long course of history, so I’ll leave that to the pundits.  For now, I submit the following as what money should do in order to be or do anything for me…

1. Bring in friends. You know the ones, Abe, Teddy, Ben.  It should be a presidential gathering in my bank account.  If only money were like bacteria.

2. Bring utility. Dollars should cover needs.  A house over my head, cover for my bed, heat for my home and meat for my table.

3. Bring happiness. Hangouts with friends, travel with family, coffee over conversation, freedom from everydayness.

4. Bring help. Charity.  The world needs help.  Philanthropy by philosophy does nothing, only philanthropy by practicality.

5. Bring hope.  Giving a little can mean a lot.  Not only for them, but you.

6. Bring joy.  (I know I said happiness already, but)  Gifts to loved ones, family, and cherished friends.  Giving gifts is one of the love languages, after all.

7. Bring power. There is a power that comes with money.  The power to provide all of these things in the previous six, not only for yourself but, also for those you care about and even strangers.

Money should be used well.  It’s only a representation of our capacity to do things with it.  Hoarding, flaunting, evildoing, buying cat food for your hairless cats and affording sharks with lasers on them (ok, that was an odd place for an Austin Powers reference), or whatever is not the way.  Conscientious living is purposeful living.  We’re all human and we might take to greed on occasion, but that’s nature.  Otherwise, striving for using money to do one of these seven things is a decent start.

(Did I miss anything?  Seven seemed like a nice odd number to stop.  Please feel free to comment, as always).


More than just just…

Seth Godin talks about the idea of, “just ship it”.  He circles back later and says that it’s not just about “just”.

I find that while there’s a lot of merit to the “just ship it” piece, there’s also something to be said about the need for ensuring quality – at least some semblance of it anyway (which is probably some of the feedback Seth received).

Much of what’s out there is so focused on delivering something…anything that’s useable, doesn’t always mean that that something is useful.  I find this problem when we’re asking for too much too quickly and what gets delivered falls short of it being even half good or ready. 

Take iOS 7.01.  We all knew it was going to be junk and that a gazillion bug fixes and integrations were needed almost immediately thereafter in 7.02.  Granted, they likely learned what they needed for that next iteration.  At least dressed is better than half dressed.  Better to go to a wedding in jeans than no pants at all.

I like what Seth says here: “You ship your best work, when it’s ready.”  It’s a good qualifier.