david hieatt

3 posts categorized “luddite”

Maybe the way you always do it is wrong.



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Two years ago I tried to update my Typepad blog with a card, it just wouldn't work

So, I got busy. I tried again, and no matter what card I used, I couldn't get it to work.

Just now, I tried it, and it worked fine.

What was I doing wrong? Don't know. But I was doing something wrong, but I kept on doing it.

The result was I didn't write a blog for two years.

Another example was some mornings I would bake some eggs for my daughter.

I would use baking paper so the eggs wouldn't stick to the dish.

They would always stick.

Then I run out. I tired to buy some more, but I bought the wrong one.

I got parchment paper.

I thought about sending it back.

Then i tried it. And it didn't stick.

I was stuck using a way that didn't work.

There is saying about walking in dumb each day.

It is a mindset that gets you to question about why you are doing it that way.

Especially, if it ain't working.

But even when it is working.

But could work even better.











Understand what you are selling.


This may sound obvious.

But it isn’t.

Look at what you are selling.

Ask yourself some dumb questions.

Take the Slow Bread Inc. (It doesn’t exist, but it will one day.)

It won’t be selling Wholemeal this, or Sourdough that, or Organic something or other.

Nope. It will be selling time.

Perhaps, the most important ingredient in bread.

And it’s what its competitors have taken out of it.

Progress, and a pursuit of better profits over better bread, has taken time from bread.

A simple basic like bread has a vital ingredient missing.

And sooner or later someone will put time back into bread.

So do we think apple is really selling iPads?

It is selling simplicity

Simplicity is complexity resolved


Tao of Tea

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1, If you do the small things well, you will do the big things well

2, Show respect for the person you are making it for. You should show all people an equal amount of respect.

3, There are no short cuts in life, making a cup of tea can teach you that.

4, You will only be as good as your last cup. Consistency is important.

5, Always have the right ingredients for the job and the right tools. Never skimp on either.

6, No matter how busy you are, you always need time for a break because everything gains perspective by putting some distance between you and your problems.

7, Always remember you are making tea for them. If they like weak tea don’t give them strong tea just because that is what you like.

8, Be open to new ideas. Maybe putting the milk in last has some benefits.

9, Don’t look for compliments about your tea. If they come, they come.

10, Don’t go to the trouble of making a good cuppa only to spoil it with cheap biscuits.


How to make a good cuppa.

1, boil fresh water.

2, warm both the teapot and the cups. (always use a teapot)

3, place one rounded teaspoon of tea per person. (and one for the pot)

4, as soon as the kettle has boiled pour the water on

leaves and stir.

5, leave for 3-4 minutes, depending how strong you like it.

6, add milk first to your cup

7, pour tea when ready.

8, phew.

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