Monday, December 15, 2014

Your greatest responsibility to others is to have your own shit together

I have met a few interesting people over the last few weeks. I have liked only some of them but I've respected all of them.

What does each member of this disparate group have in common? Each person knows what the hell they are.

The abrupt young lady who was setting up her travel plans and speaking about setting it up with her other half. When I met her other half I was introduced to another strong woman. A female (now friend) who would just talk, talk talk. When I pointed out that it drives me crazy she told me  "that's what I am but I'm good, deep down" and we agreed that we'd butt heads but be friends. The crusty old guy who took up as much space as he liked but with an attitude of "I've been doing this stuff a long time and know how I get my best results"

So our greatest responsibility to others is - first - to have our own shit together.

When the commercial airliner goes into a dive and the masks drop out, what is the advice? "Secure your own mask before assisting others."

If you are not solid in your own space, you are forcing everyone else to work with a moving target.

And it serves us, too. As Sun Tzu said:

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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