T-bars and innovation
A different way to think about getting to the top
Our local ski hill has a grand total of two lifts.
The newer lift is what everybody wants.
The newer lift is the chair lift. You get to sit beside three of your friends and get whisked to the top without having to even stand up.
The old lift is the t-bar. With the t-bar you point your skis up the hill while a t-shaped bar is placed behind your thighs and drags you to the top.
With the t-bar you can only go with one other person beside you. You need to put in effort and pay attention. Small children frequently fall when they go to use it.
The line for the t-bar is shorter. It's a lot shorter.
So of course if you want to get to the top faster, use the t-bar.
On my most recent trip to the hill, the line for the t-bar was massive as well.
Not only that, but waiting for the t-bar is frustrating. With new skiers and snowboarders flailing and falling sometimes 10 or more empty tea bars would go up the hill pulling no one.
Halfway up the hill, one of the ski trails crosses the path of the t-bar.
Instead of skiing the hill like everybody else from top to bottom, we skied half of the hill. We went to the top. We skied down halfway and then got one of those empty t-bars the rest of the way to the top.
While other people were waiting, we just skied.
We got more done. Did we have more fun? No idea, but we spent less time just standing around.
Take a look around you, are there places in your life where people are standing around?
Are there holes in the system that might give you an opportunity to do more of the things you want to do, unless of the things that you don't?
It's like the old saying goes:
Don't eat yellow snow.