This past weekend I took a trip to Ikea and saw what I thought were opposing visions.
One – mock offices with endless shelves and storage space.
And two – a 235 square foot home, complete with a kitchen, dining area, full bath, entertaining space and sleeping quarters. All that, in a space less than 24 feet by ten.
The latter was very respectful of space and only focused on what was important. The former was a bastion of waste and distraction.
In a round-a-bout way it reminded me of a person who gets a business idea and immediately starts to work on the business card rather than the product.
For this person, the idea of a business is more important than the work needed to run a business.
In the same way, a person who wants to work from home might spend a week setting up an elaborate office with books, dictionaries, tape, glue, three-whole paper punches and more. And while heshe does that a real business person is busy getting stuff done with nothing but a laptop.
I was guilty of this in my late teenage years. I’d get an idea for an Internet business and suddenly be inspired to buy pencils and notebook paper to plot out a business plan. Here I was with a seemingly infinite supply of digital paper and lead, yet I still feel the need to splurge on “playing” business.
But this time at Ikea, I had a hard time rationalizing or justifying any purchase. Seems all I really need is a chair, a computer, and maybe a desk.
A lesson learned. Keep it simple. Play business or do business. Your choice.