How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?
— Satchel Paige
It may seem strange, but Paige’s quote made me think of zero-based budgeting: creating each year’s budget from scratch instead of making incremental changes to last year’s budget. More importantly, it reminds me to ask on occasion, “Never mind what my business is today. What would I turn it into and what would I expect of it if I were starting from scratch?”
How many times do we shape our days and decisions with the assumption that it can only be an incremental change from what existed the days before? Too often, I fear.