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My Thermostat Dilemma…

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2010 at 12:44 am

Hello dear reader.  Yesterday I found myself in a dilemma over this little item.

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Click on the link, you’ll like it I promise.  Anyways this is a new thermostat from Trane which allows you, the end user to control your homes comfort system from any computer worldwide that has an internet connection or for you really tech savvy, from your smartphone, with the proper app, all for the low price of $8.99 per month, oh, you have to buy the equipment as well.  It goes down hill from here.

Here’s the skinny…  Trane and Schlage have partnered together and are now offering this new product called the Trane, Comfort Link Remote thermostat.  This thermostat works with Schlages Link program and allows the homeowner to control their heating and cooling system, small appliances, lights, cameras and door locks all from your smart-phone and/or a computer with internet access.  Pretty cool really but here’s the catch.  For just the thermostat kit, my retail will be much more than what a consumer can go to a big box home improvement store and purchase a lock kit with a thermostat as an accessory for.  In other words, I can’t compete with Lowes and Home Depot.

Is this where we are headed?  It’s a great product but I feel like as a small business my voice is not heard among the billion dollar players in this game.  What’s it gonna be like in 20 years.  Any thoughts?

Be back tommorrow…

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2010 at 1:32 am

I’ll be posting tommorrow with some new stuff.  Today is being spent getting caught up in the office after having been gone over the Labor Day weekend.

See you then…

George MacDonald

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2010 at 2:43 am

I want to post this quote from author George MacDonald from his book “Thomas Wingfold, Curate” which absolutly left me dumbstruck today after reading it in Ron Blocks and Andrew Petersons wonderful posts over at the rabbit room.  I don’t think it’s simple coinsedence that the characters name is Mr. Drew.  Here it is:

“‘Mr. Drew, your shop is the temple of your service where the Lord Christ, the only image of the Father, is, or ought to be, throned; your counter is, or ought to be, his altar; and everything thereon laid, with intent of doing as well as you can for your neighbor, in the name of the man Christ Jesus, is a true sacrifice offered to him, a service done to the eternal creating Love of the universe.

Quite wonderful isn’t it.  Needless to say, “Thomas Wingfold, Curate” along with other MacDonald books will be on my wishlist!

The Rabbit Room…

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I don’t consider myself to be the best writer in the world so when I read something that describes my thoughts exactly I am excited to bring it to you.  While reading one of my favorite blogs this morning I was excited to find that they are discussing the very issue at which this blog is aimed.  I like how Ron Block, one of the authors, puts it.  “The Christ of Commerce.”  See, it’s perfect.  I would like to encourage everyone who reads these simple words to head over here and read the article titled “Money, Part 1: Not the root of all evil” by Andrew Peterson and then read, “Money, A paranthetical insertion by George MacDonald” by Ron Block.  Yes, this is the same Ron Block of Allison Krauss and Union Station fame.

I hope you  enjoy these articles as much as I did.

A must read for your weekend…

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2010 at 1:05 am

I absolutley love this post from the Wall Street Journal, I think you will too.


My last name…

In Work on August 27, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Does a name mean anything?  For instance, when our President wakes up in the morning does he say to himself, “My name is on the line today, I better make good on it?”  Something tells me he doesn’t.  Anyways, while driving back to the office today a song came on the radio that I hadn’t heard in quite some time, it’s sung by country artist Dierks Bentley and is titled, “My last name.”  I was quite struck with its lyrics. 

If there is one thing lacking in business today, well I think there are many things really, but nothing as glaring as a lack of caring for the name given to us by our fathers.  Stay with me on this one… For me at least the name that is passed from my grandfather, to my father, to me, to my son is valuable.  It is how we are remembered, how we are known in our community.  My grandfather and father have worked too hard for me to squander this thing they have entrusted to me.  And I promise that I will develop this idea in my sons as well. 

Think about it.  A name lasts.

What I’ve learned..

In Uncategorized, Work on August 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm

So here goes, I have learned that business is about people, not money, at least for me that is.  I am sure that there are many who have graduated from some of the most prestigious business schools in this country who would argue that statement, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  You see, what started this whole idea is a little Bible verse found in the New Testament book of Matthew, chapter 6, verse 24.  Let me quote: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and money.”  That’s Jesus talking by the way.  Now, as I said this little verse has had a major impact on me because I like business, I like work, I like money.  So my question was how can I operate as a business man and not serve money?  How can I operate in my work and not serve money and direct my efforts towards making the stuff.  That’s why businesses exist right?  Not this one.

It hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday.  We were engrossed in a staff meeting and the thought suddenly came into my mind…It’s about people stupid…Jesus was about people, I should be about people, my business, my work should be about loving and serving people within my defined limits.  It was a very liberating thought.  This is the thought that helps me attack the desire and temptation to serve money. 

There is one issue that comes along with this line of thinking however.  People are complex, they have issues.  That is why I say we must serve them within our limits.  God has given us all limits in which to operate and when we step outside of these we get ourselves into trouble, but that’s a different post.  For now remember, it’s about the people!

Welcome back…

In Work on August 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I type the above title just as much for me as I do for you, dear reader.  It has been awhile since I have typed here and over these last few months I have spent much time thinking, praying and learning.  I really think that God is leading me in some really great areas  relating to my work, your work, jobs, business and money.  That’s the direction I am now taking this here blog.  I certainly don’t think I have it all figured out but I am sure we will learn together.  See you tommorrow!

A little fun for Wednesday

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Little Medley – Jerry Douglas

Oh, to be able to do this…