The impact of sustainability is long-term growth. When the day’s actions consider the repercussions on tomorrow, present and future efforts harmonically amplify. One challenge to this nirvana could be that the future doesn’t talk back quickly enough. Or, perhaps our past holds too tightly over the reigns.
Habit isn’t the only roadblock toward building, growing, and living with more sustainable intent. Cost and, more importantly, change limit the adoption of new methods. Also, pivoting can feel like defeat. Furthermore, becoming remedial by accepting new rules is harder as we mature. From my observations: pride, effort, and cognition are the underlying suspects of that thrilling crime drama.
For those that do maintain a child-like state of wonder, internal and external-lifelong satisfaction are the rewards. Enjoying the challenge is a matter of framing. Conserving resources isn’t what we’re used to so it seems hard. But, with a good attitude, student mentality, and coachability we can start the work now, together.
We all say we care about the planet...
But, actions speak louder than words. From ⅓ the world's food supply going to waste during farm to fork to energy consumption increasing by 6 fold since the 1960’s. Observations show the trend hasn’t shifted over to a more sustainably-minded population. Why does paradigm lag so far behind available facts? One might recall the “Tragedy of The Commons” as a possible example. It basically shows that with shared resources it’s tough for individuals to understand their impact on the whole system.
After learning that we greatly influence our environment, we question: Shall I accept a new way to build, live, and grow? If I adopt or reject the effects of my actions, what are the most-important factors? Long-term significance of greater good versus short-term gratification of status quo. Is peer pressure involved?
To me, it boils down to the ultimate question: Do I want to live in an “I society” or a “We community?” Append believes in a culture that supports the harmony of teams and technology. Our mission is to build software that improves our client’s sustainability through enhanced business intelligence capabilities.
According to Alfred Binet, creator of the IQ test, people can improve and that awareness of the ability to improve is what determines success. When we accept things as the way they are, we’re doing ourselves a disservice. This quote, from Modern Ideas About Children, should spark hope that one day all can see the benefits of going green.
“A few modern philosophers … assert that an individual’s intelligence is a fixed quantity, a quantity which cannot be increased. We must protest and react against this brutal pessimism… With practice, training, and above all, method, we manage to increase our attention, our memory, our judgment, and literally become more intelligent than we were before.”
This quote highlights the importance of purposeful engagement. That’s why we should continue to socialize our efforts to practice conservation and sustainability. This grow-together mindset is easier for all to get involved.
History shows greater gains from collaboration over competition. 86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures. The choice is who we collaborate with and how. Most start bonding through a shared goal. Like a love of sustainable resource management.
Sharing a common goal and bidding the same stakes even gives us the recipe for a team. How we choose to blend the resource-usage components of the Earth system will impact the following generations to come. Let’s all add one-more goal to our company’s. Make it something about moving toward your dreams of being more green. Our company has joined and we believe there’s more we can do.
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