How many times have you been in situations where you felt the need to go apocalyptic concerning an idea or a point of view?
And I refer (as I often do) to both our personal and business lives.
Does this scenario sound familiar? You know you are right. They are idiots for not listening to you. In fact, worse than idiots. The discussion gets heated – or not…passive/aggressive – and you go away pissed off; ready to kill; muttering about “their” lack of intelligence, taste, style; not sure of what to do; on the verge of throwing it all away…
You get the picture.
So here’s the thing – was it worth it? Really?
How black and white was the argument? There must have been some value in the other side of the issue? Was risking it all what you wanted to do, and was the discussion significant enough to warrant a dice toss?
“Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him.”
My sense is that when we really think about it; when we really understand the total stakes – for all – there is little worth doing the “Light Brigade Charge” for. Yes, it makes for great poetry, okay movies, and excellent tales for a cold winter night in a good (or cheap) bar – but has it really moved your life or your business to any place new and exciting.
Personally? I like to keep my powder dry for the big fight; the one that really makes a difference; the one that is about serious principles and beliefs; where ethics, morality—real ideology—come into play. If I’m going to fall on my sword – it better be damn worth it!
Seppuku? Or live to fight another day?