There are things we need in life and there are things we think we need. In which category would you place thumbtacks? Of course you’d place them in “things we think we need.” But what if we’re paperless? What if we don’t have a static office? And yet, there are people out there, still, who need thumbtacks. Somewhere, there’s an office admin who has to make sure he gets two boxes of thumbtacks a month (or a quarter), or Mrs. McFeeney will be furious.
What Are Your Thumbtacks?
It’s easy to see what you think you need when it’s something as tangible as a thumbtack. You need them or you don’t. But what are your things you think you need that you don’t? Do you need to get email on your phone? Do you need a smartphone? Do you need a Mac versus a PC? What are you not doing because you’re waiting for something you need?
When You Look at It That Way
Soon, everything can fall into the same category of thumbtacks, can’t it? Maybe you need your job, until you don’t have it, and then you figure out some other way to pay the rent. Maybe you need your identity as the creative genius at some agency, until some new creative genius gets all the credit, and then, maybe then, you’ll see just what else falls into the category of thumbtacks. When you look at it all that way, your view changes quickly. Doesn’t it?
What are your thumbtacks?