Sometimes I feel like I pick up on trends and shifting opinions juuuust before they break through. I don’t get much more than the vague knowledge that I knew about a new website, or trend or political moment before it was everywhere though. Sometimes I think it is just that I am aware of it that I see the stories.
A month ago I wrote a submission for work on fee disclosure in superannuation. I included an analogy about how disclosing all the fees in each layer of investments would be confusing and about as useful as requiring the disclosure of the individual cost of each component of a car when you buy one. It was not an entirely perfect analogy, but I thought a clear example of the requirement in a different context might help make my point. The analogy stayed, even as much of my points were overwritten.
Today my manager comes to my section with a funny look and asks me where I got the analogy from. Out of my own head, and perhaps some frustration with my car. So, at the big industry convention last week, one of the major players (in the industry and in my state) gave a speech. She used a car analogy to talk about the industry. It wasn’t mine exactly, as it was more about what the industry expects of members. But it was enough to ring bells for my manager. Which means that the bigwig either read my submission (entirely possible) or I did just tap into the zeitgeist just before the wave broke?
It’s not bad, either way. Either that part of my writing was good enough to catch the eye, which yay (although entirely uncredited as my name is not on the submission) or I am in turn with industry talk enough to write it. Which is also good, because I am meant to be aware of what is happening in the industry.
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