Will We Ever Stop Dragging Our Knuckles?

I actually wrote this piece for my personal blog “On the Road to Your Perfect World” a couple weeks ago. But with the meltdown of Charlie Sheen and the never-ending media bombardment, I thought maybe I should post it here. It really doesn’t have much to do with printing…but it has to do with everything else.

A couple weeks ago, I commented on a provocative blog post by my friend Greg Rader, “The Future of Status – Conspicuous Production.” Here is that comment:

Imagine if there was no money and no things to buy. How would you show the world your worth? Or how would you show yourself?

Would your value lie in the number of friends you have—physical or electronic? Would it lie in the quality and depth or your relationships with these friends (kind of three-dimensional assessment)? Maybe it would lie in the number pieces of art you produced, or books and articles you’ve written.

Or better yet…what about the number of karma points you’ve accumulated by doing random acts of good? Haven’t we reached a point on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs where we can at least flirt with self actualization?

Over your last couple posts, I think you’ve been leading us to this, Greg. It’s obvious, the standard societal measurement of wealth and worth just isn’t cutting it for you. I join you brother.

Maybe this is the first step—discontent. Only then can we find our own “store of value.” and, from there, truly maximize it’s worth. Maybe this is what I mean when I talk about “On the Road to Your Perfect World.” Thanks for pointing me the way :)

I viewed the focus of Greg’s piece as: “Isn’t there a way of presenting our value to the world other than just through the money we make and our consumption habits?” As you can tell from my comment above, it’s a topic that’s been on my mind also.

Clay's recruiting and strategic consulting efforts over the past 20 years have provided firms in the printing and communications industries the talent and perspective that has enabled them to navigate the constant change they’ve faced. His current company, the bleedingEDGE, provides digital printing firms with 1:1 marketing solutions that enable their small- and medium-sized clients to compete with larger competitors using a cooperative strategy and production model. In addition to the normal 1:1 marketing techniques of personalization and customization, the bleedingEDGE incorporates timing strategies, generational analysis and sociological factors in producing results well above the norm.
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  • http://kelli@allegradanbury.com kelli@allegradanbury.com

    Unfortunately, when you don’t have that “traditional” worth, most people don’t have the luxury of even considering this question. Or if they find time to ponder it, they do so while struggling just to put food on the table and keep the roofs over their heads.

  • http://ClayForsberg Clay Forsberg

    Kelli, thanks for the comment. You are right. When your day consists of mainly survival – looking for food or shelter, it’s hard to have the mind space to think of much else. I know, I’ve been there. But that experience also gave me a different perspective. Once my basic needs were taken care of, my next task was not necessarily to make the money to consume how I once had. Most often most people don’t think this is an option. It’s all about getting back to what was rather taking advantage of the opportunity of having a mind unencumbered by maintaining the financial status quo.

    I chose to work on and develop other skills, skills I had let atrophy or maybe never had. I got in shape. And I learned how to write (you know what I mean). Writing was never something I was especially good at … let alone enjoyed.

    Developing my writing “chops”, has done wonders for me – personally and professionally. It’s a “store of value” that is dear to me. It’s my mental workout every morning. I comment on a variety of topics in several noted publications daily. How my comments are received (number of likes) is as much value to me as the car in the garage.

    The purpose of this piece was not to pass judgment on those who choose to gauge success based on monetary rewards. But rather … it was to give legitimacy to those that don’t.