library, archives or bike shop?
what on earth was ricky thinking?
My bud owns a lot of bikes.
He owns a lot of bike parts.
He should own a bike shop.
Right now, that’s not the case.
In the past, it was true.
When he had a shop, he kept a lot of odd, dirty used parts around. The reason? They don’t make those parts anymore. Ricky believes in repairing things. Our resources are limited. Repairing stuff is good for the earth.
And? It’s neither economically efficient nor practical to store second hand parts with little immediate use for decades.
Ricky believes in fixing things. Ricky believes that if he has a bike shop, he should be able to get the parts to fix your bike - no matter how old, broken or obscure they might be.
He doesn’t keep everything.
And, despite almost being suffocated in a pile of old parts, Ricky always finds a way to extract value from the old clunkers he used to take in. Some special parts would go in the parts bin. The rest would be recycled.
I admire Ricky. Sure, holding on to old, obscure parts isn’t super efficient. I admire how he lives his values with his life and business.
Ricky believes in repair. He believes that if we all work and take care of things - including each other, the world can be a better place. In his own way, Ricky, by living according to his values, is living his legacy.
What inefficient, likely unprofitable things do you ‘just do’ because it fits your belief system?
What things like this do you do because it’s all part of the role, part of the territory?
How does this impact the world around you?
How does this contribute to the legacy you want to leave and the impact you want to make on the world while you’re here?