Micro Entrepreneurism, Simple Living & Art
Progress is not the same as growth. A recent revelation after a talk with a good friend. Although most would have you believe that progress is not possible without growth, I strongly beg to differ.
The house cabin isn’t getting any bigger, but the space inside of it is becoming every more useful/functional. After some particularly awesome improvements (like the kitchen cabinets) it actually felt like it grew. Really its just becoming more efficient.
Our RAGGEDedge business model doesn’t require a necessary amount of growth every year in order for us to be successful. Instead, every year we sit down and figure out how we can do better with the same amount of business. Sometimes this means our prices go up, so that we sell less but have to make less, sometimes this means our income goes down and our employee benefits change. Its always a balance. But a balance that doesn’t demand growth for the numbers to work.
Just the same as we do with the business, we also rework and re-budget personally on a fairly regular basis. Here again, the mission isn’t so much to make more, so much as it is to improve how we spend. And bizarrely enough this doesn’t lead to cheaping out on things so much as it usually leads to only buying the things that are a priority to us. Sometimes this means spending more to get the better item that will serve us better in the long run. Sometimes it means jumping on craigslist when the stove really starts to die on us, and finding the Universe has planted for us an affordable older quality gas stove replacement that costs us less then a crappy new one. Plus we got to give our money to a fellow human rather then a corporation, always a bonus in our opinion. Buying the bulk of our food local and our clothes used or handmade is the same story. It isn’t about more money, its about spending it differently. Progress, not growth.
We don’t have any more hours in the day then we used to, but we’re starting to figure out how to spend more of them doing what we like to do. We cut out the commute, we cut out the TV, and we combine errand trips into one long day every week or two. All of that adds up to a lot of time that we spend doing things we enjoy, or doing nothing and enjoying that too.
Would love to hear your examples of progress over growth in your life. Please share in the comments!