Once again, I’ve been thinking about Database Sherpa. (Seriously, what else is new?) As I’ve begun to work with my marketing literature, the two words that keep coming up are Journey and Process. I wonder: Is Database Sherpa about a process or is it about a journey?
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~ Lao Tzu
“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” ~ John Steinbeck
“Process” also invokes different feelings to me. When I look at quotes about process, they are more like this:
“The system is that there is no system. That doesn’t mean we don’t have process. Apple is a very disciplined company, and we have great processes. But that’s not what it’s about. Process makes you more efficient.” ~ Steve Jobs
“I know that two and two make four – and should be glad to prove it too if I could – though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 and 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure.” ~ Lord Byron
So, with Database Sherpa, what feels like a journey at times, may morph into a process and a process may turn into a journey. At least, that is my goal. So, you can receive the best of both energies.
As my Papa has always said to us (in his Indian/British accent), “It’s not a question of one or the other, it’s both.”