The Courage to Stop

“Your genetic energy level enables your lack of discipline,” Rochelle continued. “Instead of leading a disciplined life, you lead a busy life.”

The Stop Doing List by Jim Collins

USA Today, December 30, 2003

Digital Scribbler recently completed the first step in our effort to develop a transformational Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) App.

We call it Quick Talk.

During the final stages of development I ceased writing on my blog, rarely posted on Google+, and stopped any significant engagement on Twitter.

While this type of fierce simplicity is unusual for me, the fruits of the decision have been undeniable.  In a relatively short amount of time, we have successfully launched Quick Talk on all Android Tablets, the Kindle Fire, iPad, and iPhone.

Quick Talk is a project of passion launched from the heart.  I have a son with autism whose experiences gave me the idea, while the rest of our development team has been inspired in a variety of ways to contribute.   None of us embraced this project as a money making proposition, but instead believed we could change the world.

What we learned is that changing the world is possible, if those involved have the courage to stop.  Each one of us had to stop doing something in order to find the time to do this.

I now realize our passionate project motivated me to finally follow Jim Collins directive to develop a “stop doing list”.  Each one of us learned a busy life is not a disciplined life.  We learned a fully occupied life is not a purposeful life.

Looking toward 2012 I want to encourage you that anything is possible if you have the courage to stop.