New Device Desirable, Old Device Undesirable

New Device Desirable, Old Device Undesirable

December 3, 2009 | Issue 45•49

SEATTLE—With the holiday shopping season officially under way, millions of consumers proceeded to their nearest commercial centers this week in hopes of acquiring the latest, and therefore most desirable, personal device.



"The new device is an improvement over the old device, making it more attractive for purchase by all Americans," said Thomas Wakefield, a spokesperson for the large conglomerate that manufactures the new device. "The old device is no longer sufficient. Consumers should no longer have any use or longing for the old device."
Added Wakefield, "The new device will retail for $395."
Able to remain operational for longer periods of time and occupy a demonstrably smaller three-dimensional space, the new device is so advanced when compared to the old device that it makes the old device appear much older than it actually is. However, the new device is reportedly not so radically different as to cause confusion or unwanted anxiety among those familiar with the feel of the old device.
"Its higher price indicates to me that it is superior, and that not everyone will be able to afford it, which only makes me want to possess it more," said Tim Sturges, owner of the old device, which he obtained 18 months ago when it was still the new device. "I feel a strong urge to purchase the new device. Owning the new device will please me and improve my daily life."
"It's difficult to remember how I ever found enjoyment in my old device," Sturges continued. "It is no longer appealing to the eye."
In addition to aesthetic and technological enhancements, manufacturers claim the new device comes equipped with a wide range of desirable features, including fewer buttons for pressing down and holding; a new wire for connecting to larger, less-portable devices; and fewer device-related errors and frustrations.
The new device will also be available in blue.
"Not only will I be able to perform tasks faster than before, but my new device will also inform those around me that I am a successful individual who is up on the latest trends," said Rebecca Hodge, whose executive job allowed her to line up for several hours in the middle of the day in order to obtain the previously unavailable item. "Its attractiveness and considerable value are, by extension, my attractiveness and considerable value."
Consumer Robert Larson agreed.
"I'm going to take my new device wherever I go," said Larson, holding the expensive item directly in the eyeline of several reporters. "That way no one on the street, inside the elevator, or at my place of business will ever mistake me for the sort of individual who does not own the new device."
Added Larson, "The new device brings me satisfaction."
Despite the visible excitement among most consumers, some claimed to be exercising caution, choosing instead to sit back and wait for a newer version of the new device to be released before making a purchase.
"True, it appeals to my most basic insecurities, but this new device will ultimately be replaced by a newer device, rendering it completely undesirable and utterly repellent to my personal tastes," device-enthusiast Ryan Janosch said. "Also, I should start saving my money for the next latest device, which will replace the newer new device a couple months after that."

The List (in Blue Updated)

6. My Grandmothers
My mother's mother(Nana) - Content - I was very close to her. In many ways she was more like my mother. I felt a sense of obligation to live. I know that sounds strange but I know she counted on me. 

(Updated 12-2-09)
As I look back on Nana's life here on earth,  I still think of one word, content. No matter whether she was living in a big house, small house, retirement center the word I come up with is always content. She did fine having lots of people around her and being in the crowd, and she did fine or was just as content being alone and not seeing anyone for days. She never seemed depressed or  uneasy at any time. Had I realized that at the time, that she had this massive internal contentment, I  would ask her how she came to be that way.

Ultimately this is one area I feel like there is no way she and I could be related. The same amount of internal contentment she had,  I  have equally the opposite amount of internal contentment.
And no I'm not saying anything bad about church. She was very spiritual and prayed, as do I. But that being said, I cannot remember her ever going to church. Not even on holidays which is when many people go only. Yet you could tell she had a very close relationship to God. More to come.......

The List (in Blue Updated)

4. Jim Rohn - Philosophy - Started listening to him when I was about 17. I have met him 2 times.

Updated 12-2-09)
Jim has always said "Why do liars lie? You know I don't spend much time on that.  Liars lie because they're liars, that's what they do is lie. What else would you expect a liar to do other than lie." Sounds very much like common sense. But yet so true, and I forget to think of the simple things like that sometimes. Another thing Jim taught me which I still remember to this day is  what the word tip means. Like leaving a tip  at the restaurant.  Jim says the word tip stands for to ensure promptness. If you wanted to ensure promptness when would you leave the tip? You would leave the tip at the beginning of the meal. An example he gave was Jim and his lady friend went out to dinner and as the waiter seated them he pulled the waiter aside and said, "Listen, I would like to give you this $20 bill so I can ensure you will take excellent care of my lady friend and I." I have done this several times and it works every time and I think it is an awesome idea. 

Another thing that stands out in my mind is that Jim has always said "fundamentals are old." There are no new fundamentals. He would always say, "Beware of someone trying to teach you new fundamentals." It would be like someone saying they're opening up a manufacturing plant, and you ask them what are you manufacturing and they said antiques.
More to come.......

The List (in Blue Updated)

5. Bob Mayer - Integrity - I met Bob when I was 16 or 17. Bob always did the right thing. For him it was like the right way was the only way he could even see. When I was little I always thought I could do, go, be anything. Bob was the first person that thought that way as well and it was ok to think that way. I learned a lot of my never give up from him. We had a business together and when someone would tell us no, he would just say ok how can we get that done? He never let a "NO" stop him.

(Updated 12-2-09)
My goodness I think my life would be different right now if Bob Mayer were still in it.  He was very good and always saw things from the spiritual side.  He never let the human element, so to speak, get so involved. It was always like he could see things from miles above in a hot air balloon.  How doing good was always doing right and by doing right was always doing good. More to come.......

Jim Rohn - The Passing of a Legend


This is some news I never wanted to hear! Very Very Sad. Take the time to at least watch the videos below.

To my Aunt Joan - These are the tapes I would always listen to.

To The M-Word - I remember going to see Jim live the first time in 2001 and coming home and not being able to stop talking about what I had learnd.

To Kevin - I am so glad to know you got to see what I saw in Jim.

To James Blakemore - I met you at a Jim Rohn event. Thank you for your friendship.

With great sadness we share that Jim Rohn, our mentor and friend, left us December 5, 2009 for a better place.

Jim Rohn Video Tribute



Someone once said “when you are born you enter the world crying while everyone else is rejoicing and when you die hopefully you have lived such a life that everyone will be crying while you are rejoicing”. Jim Rohn lived such a life.

The List
4. Jim Rohn - Philosophy - Started listening to him when I was about 17. I have met him 2 times.

Updated 12-2-09)
Jim has always said "Why do liars lie? You know I don't spend much time on that.  Liars lie because they're liars, that's what they do is lie. What else would you expect a liar to do other than lie." Sounds very much like common sense. But yet so true, and I forget to think of the simple things like that sometimes. Another thing Jim taught me which I still remember to this day is  what the word tip means. Like leaving a tip  at the restaurant.  Jim says the word tip stands for to ensure promptness. If you wanted to ensure promptness when would you leave the tip? You would leave the tip at the beginning of the meal. An example he gave was Jim and his lady friend went out to dinner and as the waiter seated them he pulled the waiter aside and said, "Listen, I would like to give you this $20 bill so I can ensure you will take excellent care of my lady friend and I." I have done this several times and it works every time and I think it is an awesome idea. 

Another thing that stands out in my mind is that Jim has always said "fundamentals are old." There are no new fundamentals. He would always say, "Beware of someone trying to teach you new fundamentals." It would be like someone saying they're opening up a manufacturing plant, and you ask them what are you manufacturing and they said antiques.
More to come.......