Change begins with the little things

I was talking with Aaron von Frank (the man behind a lot of good things in Greenville, including our push to get Google Fiber to come to town) the other evening, and he asked me if I had ever tried to put my pants on by starting with the leg that I don’t normally start with. “You’ll fall down,” he said. “You’ll be amazed at how hard it is to do.”

“Fellas…I put on my pants every morning, one leg at a time. Just when I do it, I make gold records.” –Christopher Walken as Bruce Dickinson

And you know what? Aaron was right. I tired it the next morning. And it was strangely disorienting.

Everyday you walk into work and you jump into your routine. Some of us are more guilty of that fact than others, but it’s human nature to want to know what comes next. To be comfortable. But we all know what happens when we get comfortable.

We become stagnant.

So how do we change? How do we shake things up? How do we make sure that we don’t get comfortable in our routines?

By starting with the little things. The tiny things. Minute, even. Like putting your pants on different. Sitting at a different desk. Driving a different way to work. The common theme here?


But don’t start with the obvious stuff. Start with the stuff that you never think about. And just watch your perspective change…for the better.

1 Comment

  • March 19, 2010


    Thanks for the mention man. Since we had this conversation I’ve decided to stop wearing pants entirely.

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