8.15.2013

The Ikea Effect


My dad is really smart. He is not only smart, but he is a really great business man. I will be the first to admit that I don't always like to listen to him (it has nothing to do with the fact we are exactly alike or anything), but I will also be the first to admit that I NEED to listen to him. When I was in South Carolina a few weeks ago he started talking about a concept he called "the IKEA effect" ( I hear it's a Harvard Business philosophy... SO FANCY yall!) . The basic idea is that people who build something and poured their heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into something have a hard time seeing the flaws or way things that could be improved.
Um, Can I get an amen? (seeing flaws is SO hard) 


There are several area's in my life where I need to check myself and wether I am falling victim to the "Ikea Effect" 

A. School-- I love my job so much and truly put my whole heart into it that sometimes my passion can leave me blind. As I embark on this next year, I need to check myself and what I want to do and surrender to the fact that A. I can't do it all and B. I need to listen to my students and what they are responding to and what they are not. I feel like a major downfall in the education system is teachers not actually listening to the needs of their kids. I have A LOT more responsibility this school year and have several projects that I heading up. My hope is that despite how much time I have spent building them up I can listen to others for any flaws to make them the best they can be!  

B. Photography-- I love taking pictures, I love when people are in front of my camera, I love making people feel beautiful and special with a simple picture of a sweet moment in their life. I also realize that I have A WHOLE lot on my plate. During TxSC I had an idea of what I want to do with my second career passion in life (One of the lessons A Beautiful Mess taught was to keep your goals close, so it will be a little while before I share all the details), but there is a lot of red tape, lots of hurdles to jump over... and that is ok. I want to be ok with the changes that are going to come with this idea I don't want to be so connected to the idea that I can't turn is over to the Lord and watch what he does with it. 

C. Blogging-- Another of the huge lessons I learned at Texas Style Council is that just because I do a sponsored post or get paid for a post or two I am not a sell out, I still have a voice, this is still my personal space. I mean I am not going to quit my job and live a life of luxury in Bora Bora or anything. I am sure there are things in this space that I am doing right and just as many I am doing wrong, but ultimately I want to be able to learn and expand and embrace a blogging culture where change and innovation is the norm. ( So feel free to tell me if I am annoying the hell out of you... but in a nice positive way) 


And then I made a bar cart out of the lesson, so if all else fails... grab a drink!


Cart found here
CHEERS!


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22 comments:

Treasure Tromp said...

hm, I like the idea of the Ikea Effect. Don't worry Meg, you're never annoying the heck out of us. How could you when you turn your blog post into a bar cart?! ;)

Kristin said...

that is an adorable bar cart!

Kristin said...

that is an adorable bar cart!

Amy Powell said...

well that bar cart is adorable. and I love your lessons here. great stuff!

and good luck this school year!

Lindsay B. said...

Look at you putting that bad boy together girlfriend, love it! And I love this post!

Brittany said...

Super cute cart, I LOVE it. Also loving all your fresh ideas!

Michelle said...

I have that cart!!!! It's still sitting in the box, but I have every intention of putting it together this weekend.

Such a good post, my dear friend.

Darby Hawley said...

Ok I'm not sure what I love more, this adorable bar cart that you've convinced me that I need OR the wholesome and genuine way you remind me and encourage me to be a better woman simply by your example! You are a GREAT teacher!

Alexa said...

STOP ITTTT with that bar cart. Absolutely adorable!

I've never heard of "The IKEA Effect" before, but it totally makes sense! When we care so deeply about something, whether it's a relationship, creation, business, or the like, it really is hard to see past the flaws. You go, Meg Coco, for applying it to these areas of your life!

Courtney said...

I want that bar cart!! I'm trying to think of where I'd put it as I type this lol.

smk053078 said...

Sooooo cute!!! That's the only thing about IKEA....You have to actually BUILD this stuff!! Ha!!!

Kristen @ Radiating Splendor said...

Agreed with listening more to your kiddos. It is so easy to fall in the trap of thinking you are doing everything right and all is perfect... but really not so much. That bar cart is cute too! I'm impressed you put it together... I have a desk chair that I am conveniently leaving for Jacob to build...

Marissa Nelson said...

I'm so guilty of the Ikea effect and I totally need to make a list too. Major props on the bar cart-it's so cute!

xo, Marissa

www.sparksandwhimsy.com

Amanda Marie said...

Girl!! This is the perfect bar cart!! Seriously so cute, love it!! You styled it perfectly!!

Bree said...

I have been seeing this cart all over instagram- I know I need to get it!

I am guilty of the Ikea effect for sure, and I constantly have to remind myself to step back and look at things from a different perspective.

xoxo!

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

What a beautifully clever post, my friend! :) Can I come over for a drink?

Amy @ A Balancing Act said...

Cheers to that! I love the bar you created, but more importantly, I love the concept behind this post. It's true, we get so wrapped up in what's going on, it's hard to check ourselves. Is this the best I can be?

Elle Sees said...

i need one of those so badly! too cute.

Nikki said...

First of all, that bar cart is really cute! Love the color! Also, I love this post. And the IKEA effect... I definitely need to consider this in my own life. Thanks for sharing your (and your dad's) wisdom!

Nikki
thefashionablewife.com

Sarah Korus said...

What a wise man your Daddy is! Just came across your blog... and I Love it. I have been eyeing that bar cart for months but NO...I dont need it :) But its oh so cute!

housegirlhaley said...

Such a lovely and creative post! Cutest little bar cart I've ever seen. :)

Bridget said...

yes yes yes to this post. and that ikea cart. every time i go i eye that very thing and walk out without it. one of these days...