“The first rule of any technology used in business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” – Bill Gates
When we do something as a human being automatically we call it a habit. Often times we acquire a habit without even trying. And almost as often we acquire habits that are not necessarily “efficient” – a bad habit.
When we read a quote like the one above from Bill Gates, it is easy to see the words technology, business, and efficiency and quickly assume that if you don’t so business with technology in either an efficient or inefficient matter then it doesn’t apply to you.
The truth is the quote above, and many others on a diverse range of subjects can apply to every facet of your existence.
In realizing that if you apply automation, or a habit, to something that is inefficient, or “bad” in general, you will only magnify that inefficiency or “bad action;” one can then be sure to consciously avoid bad habits, and inefficient automation.
Each and every sliver of wisdom, no matter the subject it relates to can offer each of us something valuable.
True principles can be applied to all situations, and they always (usually) work..