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Embrace your work in progress

I’ve been pretty busy lately and haven’t been writing as much as I’d like. I have about 30 seconds before moving to the next task on my long list of things to do and thought I’d share this quote by Seth Godin (my go-to person for little bits of inspiration and passion re-ignition) about your evolving work in progress:

What works is evolving in public, with the team. Showing your work. Thinking out loud. Failing on the way to succeeding, imperfecting on your way to better than good enough.

I think Godin is talking more about the old production model Facebook popularised (“Move fast and break things”) but it is a great way to describe blogging, I think.

On the one hand I’d like to use the term “writing” instead of “blogging” because the difference between a blog and some other format is really the software you are using.

On the other hand, blogging is a distinct writing approach too. It is about removing the friction of a more formal publishing environment and writing more freely. It is very much about seeing your writing as a work in progress. That said, there are many writers who blog and their writing is about as professional as it gets.

Still, blogging has that indie feel and that is one of the reasons I really like doing it.

Read Seth Godin’s post titled “Show your work” for the full story.

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Another reason I am a @EuropcarSA fan

One of Europcar’s drivers messed up driving me and my candidate attorney, Nastassja, from the CSIR International Convention Centre to the Hatfield Gautrain Station.

He wasn’t familiar with the route, didn’t use his GPS and was careless making turns across lanes when he almost drove past the station. It was a stark contrast to our driver this morning who drove well, knew pretty much where he was going and got us there without incident.

Both drivers were polite but the second driver seemed unsure that contributed to his mistakes.

That said, I am still a fan. I tweeted the experience when we got to the station and I received a call from the chauffeur service head about 15 minutes later to apologise, find out more about our experience and to inform me he would address the situation.

Thankfully no-one was hurt, other drivers were vigilant so what matters is that Europcar was paying attention and adopted a constructive approach to the issue. It’s not an elaborate strategy but it’s effective and as a customer, I’m still a fan.