If you've read my blog for a while, you have hopefully noticed that I keep a very open mind when it comes to self-improvement. I have some strong beliefs in the way that I do things, but I often enjoy questioning these beliefs and having rich conversations about the founding of my beliefs as well as the beliefs of those around me. While some people agree with what I think and others do not, invariably, someone asks me, "What's the point?"
When I talk about single quotes vs. double quotes, please ask me Why? When I question my naming conventions, people ask me Why? When I completely re-evaluate my coding consistency, people ask me Why - what value does it add?
In a client-centric world, it is very hard to answer these questions. When the changes that I am making don't make a difference to the experiential outcome for the client, it's hard to say what value these changes actually contribute. The best I can offer as far as "Why" is to relay a quote from the Peaceful Warrior. When Dan and Socrates get into a discussion about eating styles, Socrates brings the conversation to a head, asking:
Do you know what's the difference between me and you? You practice gymnastics, I practice everything.
Sometimes the value of a decision is not always outwardly experienced; sometimes, the value of a question and its subsequent answer is in the fact that is done in practice. I am a strong believer that I don't know everything; and, I believe that it is only through a periodic re-evaluation of my beliefs that I can make any progress in my quest for self-improvement.
So, if you want to know what "Value" my changes add, the value is, at its core, about personal integrity. And if you want to know "Why", it is because I seek to practice everything.
What do you practice?