Your Button, Your Price, Your Goal?
Sitting here waiting for some processes to complete on my PC I have been thinking. A scary thing sometimes. But, in this case the title of this post occurred to me and while I was pondering the thought I figured I would share.
Some folks focus on their Button – It seems they wait for someone to press it so they can react. Often they seem to wait for the opportunity to react badly and then justify their bad reaction as deserved by the person that “pushed their Button”. After all, it’s not their fault that you pushed the obvious button. You should know better. Their existence is spent waiting for that next button press. Their day is made complete when their button is pressed, despite their rather vehement outburst to the contrary. Deep down they gain satisfaction from having their button pressed and then being able to vent their deep dissatisfaction with their existence on that poor soul that stumbled upon the bright red button labeled “push me”.
Then, some folks focus on the short-term gain of life and circumstance. Corporations do this when their constantly focus on the bottom-line profits, neglecting the strategy of their long-term corporate life. These individuals flit from opportunity to opportunity trading their life energy for that next great thing that will change the world and their circumstance. They would perhaps not sell their grandmother into slavery, but other less obvious choices may seem to reflect they would if it wasn’t so frowned upon. Their choices seem to lack vision and purpose and the obvious next choice is myopic and often harmful to their long-term success which they seem quite blissful to dismiss in ignorance. Their price is obvious and their vision is painfully lacking. A sad sight to behold.
Lastly there are the goal makers. These individuals don’t let others press their buttons. They have realized that their buttons can be shielded or even removed. Their price isn’t based on short-term gratification or outcomes. They realize that they are the masters of their own destiny and that accepting the reward for a short-sighted gain is at the price of long-term success. That true value is in the long game. That success isn’t measured in dollars but in service and in the pursuit of ones vision. They realize that they have a vision for the future and if they don’t follow their vision they will gladly be employed to pursue the vision of others. These are the changes; perhaps not world changes, but changes of their own destiny and followers of their dreams – they have set their price above the reach of short-term gains and set their sights upon the pursuit of their happiness and fulfillment.
As Bill Hogg, founder of Valley Services, once told me, Small minds talk about people, mediocre minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.
A wise man, he was.
Written by Wolf Scott Founding fellow at IOIHAN ioihan.com