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Thermostat vs. Thermometer

Thermostat vs. Thermometer


In the book “Tribes” by Seth Godin, I came across an idea that really resonated with me.

“A thermostat is far more valuable than a thermometer. The thermometer reveals that something is broken. … Organizations are filled with human thermometers. They can criticize or point out or just whine. The thermostat, on the other hand, manages to change the environment in sync with the outside world. Every organization needs at least one thermostat. These are leaders who can create change in response to the outside world, and do it consistently over time. ” – Seth Godin

Facebook is the ultimate thermometer. In two or three finger scrolls you can get a good feel of the water temperature in the social world.

Thermostats don’t spend much of their time worrying about what the temperature is. The only reason they need to know what it is is so they can turn up the heat or turn on the AC. They spend little time on the problem, and the majority of their time on the solution.

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat? Are you making a difference, or are you just staring at problems without seeking their solutions?

Are you complaining about your job or your financial situation? Or are you taking responsibility for your situation and making the best of it?

“Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.”  – Seth Godin


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