This article by Tim O’Reilly, which expounded on his thoughts about working on “stuff that matters,” rocked my face this afternoon. If you’ve got a few moments, scan it and I hope it does the same for you.
I’m constantly gutchecking myself to see if I’m really working on “stuff that matters.” It is so easy to work on stuff in high tech that’s “cool,” “fun,” “exciting,” “cutting edge,” or does pretty much the same thing as the previous thing but adds a useless bell or worthless whistle.
I think O’Reilly is spot on with his few remarks and there is one specifically that has been on my heart for a while now: “Creating More Value than You Capture.”
The simple fact is that I’m selfish. We all are.
And as much as one may preach that they like “giving more than receiving” it’s often times hard to truly believe. We like getting stuff in return for our work, services, time, energy, and money. Either we feel like we are “owed” this or that we’re “entitled” to it.
But we gotta kill that. We gotta stop that.
With tremendous speed I can share some of my thoughts, strategies, or even software and applications and give them to the general public. Within moments, this created “value” can spread virally, reaching people that I would have never imagined possible, impacting (hopefully for the good) many peoples.
That’s what I was thinking about when I launched the latest WordPress theme. I thanked God for the opportunity to create “value” for the community, not just the evangelical line that trolls these parts but also for those that wouldn’t have anything to do with Jesus (yet).
That’s value. That’s cool. That’s doing “stuff that matters.”
When we begin to impact the much larger community of web users, and when that becomes our mission and our heartbeat, I believe that we begin to use technology as God intended it to be used: as a powerful tool for effectively communicating His Message.
It may not be explicit “His Message” (like a WordPress theme) out the gate, but it provides a channel that can be tapped strategically much later.
I want to do stuff that matters. I want it to count. I want it to reap “eternal” results. So, I’m gonna dive right in. Gonna make some waves. Create some turbulence. Make a mess.
What about you?