Volume 7, Week 1, August 30-31, 2013
If I could write about what I don’t know, what an encyclopedia I could create. We could call it the “Exhaustive Compilation of All the Stuff Uncle Vern Knows Almost Nothing About.” Wouldn’t every family love to have those proudly displayed in their sitting rooms? There could be the volumes on rocket science, chemistry, nuclear fusion and fission. Oh, and there’s astronomy, brain surgery, and radio telemetry. Engineering, psychiatry, marketing…As I sit here typing, it’s frankly quite pathetic how little I know about anything. I don’t even know how pressing these letters with two fingers makes them come up on the screen. In the history of mankind, there’s probably never been anyone who knew so little about so much. For instance, regarding rocket science, I can glue together some ABS pipe and make a gun that will launch a chunk of potato 100 yards using ignited hair spray for propellant, but that’s not gonna get a satellite into orbit.Or in the field of psychiatry, I would tell my patients: “Quit making such stupid decisions you moron, can’t you see you’re messing up your life!???… Next!”
Even with the stuff I should know a lot about, I regularly discover new universes of related knowledge where I’m so woefully ignorant. So, I’ll hire advisors and consultants to help me out in areas where I’m vulnerably inexperienced and the sad thing is, while they often know 100 times more about their field than I do, they only know specific parts of it, and a little bit about how that part connects to the next. In other words, these experts don’t know much more about their field of expertise than I know about mine! The organic pest control advisor may know all about the lifecycle of certain pests yet be clueless about plant nutrition. Then there’s Mark Twain’s famous quote: “It ain’t what I don’t know that gets me in trouble; it’s what I do know that ain’t so!” Cutting to the chase for me anyway, I’ve learned what little I know mostly from cause and effect. I do this and that happens, or I saw her do that and this happened. That goes into the experience portfolio and gets applied to related areas. I’ve become very adept at doing more of what works, less of what fails, and leading those around me to do the same using the aforementioned psychiatric technique. Doing a lot more of what works, and a lot less of what fails has made me appear quite bright and innovative. (When in reality, it took me three years just to figure out you need to pick donut peaches with clippers or they’ll rot at the stem; someone really bright and innovative should have figured that out in 15 minutes!) Anyhow, business and self-help books are hot sellers and they often need simple concepts so I was thinking the title: “Doing More of What Works” and a subtitle, “And Less of What Fails,” should put me at the top of the NY Times best seller list for a couple years. If you look around at how people live, this DMWW concept must surely be unknown, yet EVERYONE who’s ever applied it becomes wildly successful. This will be revolutionary! There’ll be DMWW-lowf bracelets and caps; kind of a cool insider code. We even might get an international political movement: The Do More of What Works Coalition! I know; I’m a silly dreamer. We’ll be opposed by the entrenched do more of what fails establishment so once again, we’ll just have to apply the lead by personal example rule. In our families and businesses, jobs and churches, communities and social groups, literally every aspect of human interaction and endeavor, all we need to do is stop for a minute and make a list of what works, and another of what fails.I absolutely double your money back guarantee that if we do more of what’s on the first list and less of what’s on the second; to that same extent our world—personal and corporate—gets better.