In my experience there are 3 kinds of people in the world:
#1 The ones who buy everything, no matter what – after all, money to those who create value, right?
#2 The ones who pay for nothing, you can find anything online!
#3 And those who are willing to pay, but only if free alternatives are not delivering the desired outcome.
I grew up around the millennium. Back then CDs, tapes and Windows ME were omnipresent. If I wanted new music I had to drive to a shop and get it. If I wanted to build a website, I had the choice to either learn HTML or use Dreamweaver.
Today, everything is so much easier. SaaS products make our lives easier. Spotify gives me music on the go. WordPress … love it.
But it’s getting increasingly harder to keep track of all your subscriptions. Especially since trials are everywhere. The other day I figured I paid for a service I did not use because I forgot about the trial.
What I like the least about working in large corporations are the meetings. There are so many benefits of working in big companies, but the number of meetings never seem to end. And to be honest, many cannot be avoided.
Yesterday my kids and I went to a bakery. It was hot, they were hungry and grumpy. To take control of the situation I bought some fresh bread. I paid with cash while checking emails on my phone. Then I took the change and started distributing the bribe-bread.
It was after I paid that I realized I should have cleaned my hands before handing out something to eat for my kids (god, I hope my wife will not find this post). I fed my children with germs from the change (to be precise a lot of peoples’ germs) AND my phone (which has 10x more bacteria than a toilet seat, studies show).