As you probably know, Amazon had developed its own logistics network, and they had also started to offer logistics services to third parties, a service known as Amazon Shipping. But a week ago, they announced that the service will be paused.
Here’s part of a LinkedIn discussion about it:
This is exactly what I have been advocating with respect to IT: if throwing it away is going to pay off, you should throw it away—the amount of previous money and effort is irrelevant.
This truth seems so obvious that I was wondering whether I should be bothering my readers about it. But when I saw the LinkedIn discussion, I remembered how often we cling to something only because of prior effort, when it would be beneficial to just throw it away. Apparently it’s because of a basic human trait: Our need to not look stupid is so strong that it sometimes makes us behave destructively.
The remedy is to acknowledge the usefulness of the prior effort. Let’s see the LinkedIn comment again:
It wouldn’t make sense as the last 8 years effort of amazon will count for nothing if they do.
There’s another way to phrase the same thing, which is probably how successful businesses phrase it: “It makes perfect sense, and the last 8 years of effort did us a great service by enabling us arrive at this conclusion.”