Tim Ferriss’s Lawyer Post, Think of the Trees!

As if my head wasn’t full enough already!

For reference check out this post:

http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2008/10/28/how-not-to-use-a-lawyer-a-personal-case-study-plus-protocol-marketing-correction/#comment-28042

I was going to just laugh this post off.  But, it’s actually only one of about 100 posts in my RSS feeds today the caught my eye enough to read, let alone comment on (no I don’t read more than 2 or 3 of them a day).

It seems a sign of our times:

You’re wrong……. No, we’re right…….. TAKE THIS YOU _______!

What’s missing? COMMUNICATION is MISSING. There are so many other avenues this could have taken that it’s funny and scary at the same time. Unfortunately it mirrors the world (or at least the U.S.) as a whole. It’s all “US” against “THEM”, but at the core we all really want the same things.

We want.. Prosperity.  Freedom.  Love.  Health.  Peace.  Happiness….etc

We just may have different views on “obtaining” them (note: you don’t really obtain most of them, but I’m at a loss for another word). Instead, the vast majority of people stick to their own dogma, and refuse avenues of communication which could forge new ideas and directions which could potentially be win-win’s.

Without exposing my “hand”, consider the general economic theories which promote either trickle down, or trickle up (ok, sue me if I’m getting terms wrong, the point of the post remains just as relevant).

One basically says that you should support the top (a corporation for example) so that its prosperity can trickle down to to everyone.

The opposite side basically says that you should support everyone, so that their riches flow up to the top, again so that everyone can get/be ahead.

The common ground is that everyone wants everyone to get ahead, yet they have opposing methods to get there.  The are ALWAYS fighting about who is right and who is wrong.  It’s insanity!

Why?

I knew you would ask.   The answer is: Because they are both wrong, and they are both right.

If you’ve been following my posts, you know I like to take real-world examples and show how they might help you move forward with your desires, dreams and goals.  This example may be my most basic and important yet…

Consider a TREE.  It grows in “two” directions at once.  The Roots grow down as they are fed water and nutrients from the soil.  The Branches grow up and outward with the photosynthesis of the sunlight.  Without BOTH, neither would grow for long, and the WHOLE would DIE.

Umm.. Sometimes there are no RIGHT and WRONG.  Both sides are required to may anything work.

I’ll spare you about 100 similar examples that are firing into my head.  Maybe you can comment below on whatever strikes you as requiring “both sides” to win.  I’ll get you started…

  • Male/Female
  • Customer/Business
  • Lenders/Borrowers
  •  …

Let’s not point fingers and “be right”.  Let’s understand that the business can’t service without the Customer, and Men can’t survive without Women.  Without communication and co-operation between the two nothing will function for long.

-Tim

P.S. If you’ve been feeling “stuck” in your situation–maybe you’ve been thinking about starting a business to supplement your income, or even go full-time in a new direction, let me know.  Use the “Contact” link at the top of this blog and let me know.  I may be able to personally help.  Yes, this means you.

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About Tim Gary

I live in Reno, NV with my wife Careen, and the ever so talented kitty named Milo. Programmer by trade, web surfer and learner for fun, I have a ton of interests, and you'll hear about each of them in time!

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17 Responses to Tim Ferriss’s Lawyer Post, Think of the Trees!

  1. Kelly Wright January 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    aaron (#3), I thinks lawyers have become so indispensable because that’s how our world functions nowadays… people communicate less face-to-face and more via networks. Socializing less. We’re too in a hurry to settle things down ourselves, instead we pass the troubles to 3d party.

  2. Jerry@Earn Extra Cash Online January 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm #

    I liked your post, how about one that’s been around for a while Ying and Yang, Democrats and Republicans?

  3. Child care January 2, 2009 at 2:13 am #

    I agree with you, we want happiness,freedom,love,health but you forget to include one important thing “money” may be you mean it by Prosperity but according to me it should separately mention….lol..Anyway i enjoyed your posting, Thanks for sharing with us.

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  5. Acai berry December 30, 2008 at 1:16 pm #

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  6. Mira@Amish Tables December 27, 2008 at 11:09 pm #

    Long time since you posted.
    Happy Holidays.

  7. Max December 26, 2008 at 9:28 am #

    Why are people so quick to involve lawyers these days? I remember when you could settle things with a quick phone call or a friendly chat. No bullying or legal threatening required.http://freenews.kz

  8. niroshan December 21, 2008 at 2:52 am #

    i bookmarked this thanx very much

  9. willem@wijncursus den haag December 17, 2008 at 8:15 am #

    cant comeup with some examples rite now, ill come back to that, i liked ur blogpost btw

  10. Smart Path December 8, 2008 at 6:22 am #

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  11. John@Steamboat Springs CO Real Estate November 29, 2008 at 9:55 pm #

    I liked your comment about communication and how sometimes we are so busy arguing that sometimes we don’t stop and think about how we are communicating and that that might be the problem. Great post!

  12. Brain Games November 29, 2008 at 7:42 pm #

    I think any service industry fits here. A person may think of their client(s) as sometimes frustrating, but without them they’d not have a business.

    You’re right, Tim, we do all need each other.

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    Why are people so quick to involve lawyers these days? I remember when you could settle things with a quick phone call or a friendly chat. No bullying or legal threatening required.

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  16. Outsource Bookkeeping November 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    It feel a sence of “BE CARE FUL”. You are going to write a comment on the post of a lawyer. Imagine the consequences in mind and start posting a comment…

    well the post in quite involving… catching and making people read it all

  17. Dan Waldron October 28, 2008 at 9:16 pm #

    A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks