Embracing Longevity in the Ceramic Industry
Particularly in business, staying power is necessary for success.
I’m thinking about going all Marie Kondo on my house this spring. In case you’re not familiar with this particular craze, Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is apparently helping people substantially improve their home’s organization. My understanding of the premise is that unless something “sparks joy,” there is no point in keeping it—particularly if it has outlasted its utility. I know it would probably be worthwhile, but I’m not sure if this process is for me. I have a feeling that, once I get started, the only thing that could bring me any happiness at all would be the project’s early termination.
This de-cluttering notion got me thinking about how quickly “things” lose their luster these days. Nothing seems to really last anymore. Personally, I want to buy a computer and use it for a decade. I have clothing that is older than my daughter; she graduated from college in 2017. And don’t get me started on phones. I know people who get new smartphones more frequently than I rotate the tires on my car. (Full transparency: now that I think about it, I don’t actually remember the last time I rotated the tires. I’m not organized enough to keep track of these things. But you get the drift.)
While I do sometimes take the concept to extremes, I think we can all agree that longevity is a quality to be admired. Particularly in business, staying power is necessary for success. One outstanding example in our industry is Harrop Industries, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Take a look at the article in this issue to learn more about the company’s story.