I was remembering that, in the old days, I would call a phone number to check my bank account balance, and I could listen to the five most recent transactions that had been posted. I knew the phone number by memory. Also, I had a paper register that I kept with my checkbook, and that’s how I kept up with my transactions. I’d get my statements in the mail and reconcile my balance in this paper register.
I do things differently now.
I was initially resistant to getting a debit card. I assume I’d been influenced by stories that if you lose your card, your bank account can get cleaned out. Plus, back then, it came with a monthly fee. I pay plenty of monthly fees, like with utilities, but this one seemed optional at the time, so I opted not.
Come to think of it, there was a time when even the monthly fee of utilities seemed optional. In the 1920s – 1930s, someone probably actually said, “What do we need electricity for? We’re doing fine just like we are.” Later, it didn’t seem so optional.
People change their minds about stuff, and you don’t have to always remind them, “Remember in the 1930s how you said ‘what do we need electricity for?’” Granting a little grace would be nice.
So anyway, some years back, I was trying to buy shampoo at a salon in the mall. The lady at the counter told me, “We don’t take checks.” And that’s when I knew the world had changed. If I wanted shampoo, I had to keep up. I moved to a debit card.
I changed because I had a “why.”
Sometimes change happens to us or around us, and we have to respond. Other times, we get to choose proactively. Still, it gets back to a why – the reason, the need, the desire.
Recently, I did (or had help doing) some technical things. I opened a new checking account and a new online payment processing account, and I added store on my website and converted the website to a secure server, and I connected all of this to the new checking account.
If that sounds complicated, basically what it means is: I’ve come a long way from not being sure I wanted a debit card.
I did those things because I had a why. I wanted an online platform. Why did I want an online platform? I had a lot of thoughts in my head that I wanted to share. Why did I want to share them? I didn’t want to have learned all these amazing things over the course of my life journey and not tell others who might find this insight useful.
Finding a why can be quite motivating.
Whenever I mention this program to a friend, she says, “Remember when you said the Internet was a big waste of time?”
Yeah, I remember. This was the 1990s, and we were trying to get speakers for a conference. Up until that time, whenever someone spoke about the World Wide Web, the speech and demonstration were extremely boring to me.
That’s because the early presentations of this shiny new thing were made by technical people about technical features. I needed to know the why, and I hadn’t heard it yet. That came later, as the world changed and I had to keep up.
Is there a new thing you’re resisting today? Could it be a thing that opens the door to a new opportunity? If you’d like a nice mantra to help get to a why, try this one: Be the change you want to see in the world.
Because people need you, that’s why.
Enjoy your magnificent journey.
– Minnie Lamberth
The Magnificent Journey
Vol. 2, Issue 38