You may think that tying your shoes doesn’t merit much thought on your part. You learned how to tie your shoelaces in kindergarten, or maybe you were very bright and your parents taught you when you were three or four.
But TEDTalks thinks how you tie your shoes does matter and several years ago devoted its first-ever three-minute talk to the subject.
To date, the video has received amazing 6,244,805 million views. It shows that a lot of people are interested in learning new ways of doing things, even the most mundane of tasks like tying your shoes.
A Lesson Learned
In this video, Terry Moore, former head of Radius Foundation, a forum for exploring and gaining insight from different worldviews, explains, “Sometimes a small advantage in life can yield tremendous advantages someplace else.”
Looking Through a New Lens
My takeaway from the shoelace demonstration is that we need to seek new ways of looking at what we’re doing. If so, we will continue to improve our lives and our businesses.
Why do we persist in doing things the same way when they don’t produce the results we want? We’re on automatic pilot when it comes to our service and product offerings. Why don’t we try something new?
I’m reminded of the story of Josie Natori, founder of the high-end fashion house that bears her name. A native of the Philippines, Natori came to this country as a 17-year-old and eventually forged a successful career in finance.
But she was restless and bored. She wanted to become an entrepreneur. I heard her speak at an awards dinner not too many years after she founded her business. She told the audience that she had no special interest in fashion and had explored a variety of businesses – she even considered starting a chain of laundromats.
A self-made millionaire, she launched a line of sleepwear and her company now markets a variety of women’s wear.
What’s New With You?
What are you going to do to shake things up? Did you try tying your shoes the new way? Isn’t it better? No more loose laces on the treadmill or tripping you up on your run.
There’s always a better way if you’re on the lookout for it.