$467 million is a handsome chunk of change to earn let alone save. In move of quiet genius, 14 year old American middle school student, Suvir Mirchandani cranked out a solution that could slice the annual printing costs of the United States government by that very sum. Sweep aside any default thoughts to strenuous calculus or algorithms: Suvir’s savings goldmine was a simple change of font.

As news outlets flashed the mind-chewing headline, Suvir became something of a divergent. While his peers look to tablets and smartphones as means of impact, Suvir observed the old fashioned ink on the paper. And there in lay the missing link. Suvir knew that ink is far pricier than premium French perfume and so he simply analyzed the financial implications of mainstream ink fonts for large-scale printing. Per CNN’s coverage, his analysis revealed that “by using Garamond with its thinner strokes, his school district could reduce its ink consumption by 24%, and in turn save as much as $21,000 annually[1].” His research spiraled and now proudly flashes on international headlines.

The moral of the story – aside that paper bleeds more than one can fathom – is that Suvir thought outside of the box. That trendy term from yesteryear genuinely applies in this case as it reminds us that the most impactful solutions rely on going against the norm. Suvir looked at the wastage of ink, instead of just the paper. ​

Now comes the challenge to you, dear readers. Seek out one daily practice in your life or business that turns your hair gray and look for a simple fix that you never considered. 

And please spread the zen by sharing your stories with the community. We welcome all disruptive thinkers and outlying solutions and look forward to your thoughts.

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[1] Madeline Stix. Teen to Government: Change Your Typeface, Save Millions. CNN.