As I was perusing Twitter one day, I found that there were several tweets and links to discussions about “hacking” something or another. One particular day there were about five in a ten minutes span. I thought they were tweets to the same article but low and behold, there were actually five different articles about hacking some service or skill.
In this microwave day in age we all want something quick and now. Who has time to wait? Things to do, people to see, money to make; the quicker the better! But is quick really better?
Okay, I will admit that I was born and raised in the South. The thought of instant grits gives me the chills. Grits don’t take that long to cook properly, how much time are you actually saving by microwaving a grit like substance?
Is this what you are doing to your business? Instead of taking the time to manage it and understand what is necessary to run it, you want to hack your way to the top. I believe in short cuts and time saving techniques are better than Cheese Wiz, but there are some things you should invest your time in. Your business is one. Looking to make a million dollars before you have taken the time to plan how you are going to get there is fool’s gold.
My son swears that Swype is better and faster than actually typing. For me, it is a headache. I always seem to make incoherent words that have nothing to do with what I am trying to say. May be I am old; or I am just uncoordinated. Either way, Swype is a pain in the butt to me.
It is not a hack if it takes you longer to do it. There are a lot of new fads out there. A lot of bandwagons to jump on. You do not need to jump on everything and you do not need to take on every “new” thing. That does not mean you need to live in the 1980’s. But technology is fast moving and ever changing. Some things will work for you and something’s will not. If your short cut is causing more problems than it is solving, then perhaps you should table it. It is not a hack worth having.
There are all types of ways to make Banana Pudding. There is the slow and methodical way. The way where you make the pudding from scratch. Anyone who loves Banana Pudding will tell you this is the best. Then there is the way that uses instant pudding (here we go again). It’s not bad. This “instant” Banana Pudding is passable and edible.
So what should you do? Slave over a hot stove and make Banana Pudding from Scratch or hack your way to some “not so homemade” Banana Pudding? It’s a tough call. I say, know what works for you and your business. If you know what works for your business, then you know which is best. If “fast” is your thing, Banana Pudding from scratch is not for you. If quality is what makes your business tick, then you know your customers will not accept “instant pudding” as filler.
Hacks are great, but use them wisely. You do not want to hack your business in pursuit of more hacks!
Shahara Wright is an experienced and highly sought after business law attorney and business strategist. She is the author of From Entrepreneur to CEO and host of the CEO Collaboration Circle. Shahara founded The CEO Effect, LLC to work with small business owners who want to implement strategy to build capacity.