Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Excess!

Blink:
When is enough, enough?

Read On:

Wall Street bonuses.

Salaries of University Presidents.

Friends pictures – Club Med, Wedding, Honeymoon, etc.

Baby pictures – According to the AVG Internet security survey, 92% of U.S. children under the age of 2 have some kind of online digital profile or footprint starting with parents (34%) uploading their prenatal sonograms.

Mutliplex Theaters.

Mobile Applications.

Christie’s in London auctioning off to anonymous bidder a Barbie doll with a 1-carat pink diamond necklace October 20th for $302,500. Oh yes, the previous record for a Barbie was $17,091 in 2006. A bargain!

LIONs on LinkedIn with 500 + connections.

Lady Gaga’s 7.6 million plus followers on Twitter.

Your January credit card bills.

9 comments:

  1. I must add simply "too much information and access". I read recently that the magazine apps for the new iPad started out strong, but whose subscriptions are now plunging. My take? Too much of a good thing. These new apps are so loaded with content that one is overwhelmed. It can take several hours to go thru a magazine like Wired or Vanity Fair. Dialing back a bit on each issue would serve them well...but alas, they will probably just drop the concept altogether. Nothing in moderation!

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  2. Pretty much most things are excess. When does it interfere with basics?

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  3. Don't forget "celebrities" and "celebutantes" with clothing lines!

    Happy 2011!

    Best,

    Parissa

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  4. Enough vulgarity, rudeness, narcissism, violence, selfishness, etc. Never enough honesty, joy, kindness, compassion, selflessness, optimism. Cheers to a New Year filled with plenty of hope!

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  5. Thank you for all your comments. We could really draft a long list here.

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  6. I'm one of the 7.6 million Gaga Followers. :).

    Add to that the extra 10 pounds from the holidays too! Moderation. Harder than it sounds.

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  7. Jackie:

    Thank you for your comment. Sounds like you will have to do some excessive exercising.

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  8. Jim, great post! I've recently been talking friends who have set goals to simplify their life this year.

    Here's 2 videos I think you might enjoy:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/carl_honore_praises_slowness.html

    http://www.ted.com/talks/jason_fried_why_work_doesn_t_happen_at_work.html

    (both 18 minutes each or so)

    I think the trick is in the self-discipline. We must learn to simplify, to slow down, to cut out distractions. A few years ago I determined that the core of my happiness is rooted in self-discipline. Without self-discipline, we find ourselves chasing our insatiable thirst for more. And where does that leave us? What is meaningful in that quest?

    In a world of information overload, we must be ruthless with how we manage what comes into our field of vision. Although this is difficult (because we're bombarded all the time with ads, distractions, etc), I think it can be done.

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  9. Hi Jim,

    In reading your post and the comments it spurred, I can't help but wonder when we'll get that what we should be pursuing is creating value, and not just creating things simply because technology makes it easier to do so.

    Happy New Year to you and your family, Jim.

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