A week ago today I was in the city that has my heart – New York, New York! Tom invited me to go find a new location for his furniture store. We stayed at The W Union Square, ate at Del Posto, meditated, did yoga, shopped, and spent a few hours looking at locations. Even with all this “work” we were able to find the perfect location for his new store.
The way Tom does business is fascinating. We woke up at noon, ordered room service, meditated for an hour, did yoga for two hours, and then and only then, as the sun set on the city we emerged to look at locations. If I was with anyone else I would call this lazy, with Tom I call it genius. On the plane to New York Tom said something that I have been wrestling with since:
“It is better to do nothing, then to do the wrong thing.”
This reminded me of my recent post on decisions. I’m a doer. I make decisions quickly. Sometimes I’m right. Sometimes I’m wrong. But I feel that the momentum in action keeps me going. Tom does the exact opposite, eliminating the momentum and finding stillness. When he decides he is almost always right. His track record as (perhaps) the only profitable retail furniture store in the recent economic crisis speaks to this.
So now I’m thinking. I’m wondering what is a more effective method of doing business. And I’m not certain what to do…or not do for that matter.