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People With Money Are Concerned: Big Surprise

Investors are chomping on their fingernails trying to decide how they may be able to maximize their dollars after decades of hard work. This is not shocking. If you sacrificed decades of your life to create a product, provide a service, and serve the common good, you can bet your britches such people have sweat beading down from their brow as uncertainty clouds their mind.

Besides, how can the younger folk possibly understand what it took to make it happen all those hard years? How can younger folk understand the mental anguish of toughing it out day after day with careers, schooling, loved ones, friends, and children? How can younger folk even begin to understand the perils that lie ahead?

To some degree, this can all be boiled down to a parent letting their young child explore their environment. A parent needs to encourage and let a child roam their environment to see what is there and try to comprehend what is there. As no environment is absolutely safe, a parent also needs to keep a careful watch while not projecting excessive anxiety. A child will sense excessive parental anxiety and it will subsequently effect the child’s actions and mode of environment exploration. This is not to say that a parent should have no qualms and be negligent about child environment exploration. Yet it is saying that a parent needs to be trusting of their child or children’s action(s) even if they have made a mistake in exploration or understanding of environment.

So, are investors curled up in a corner shivering with angst and quakes? In a word, yes. But, we all know that all we’re really talking about is an aging population retaining the cash to see who will step forward with zeal, might, and extrinsically motivated behavior. Or, who will step in the ‘big shoes’ and make an unrelenting commitment to long-term excellence, product development, and second-to-none service?

Some may say that the answer lie in a person who is always busy (i.e. – give more work to people who are already impossibly busy because they are already insanely busy and know how to get things done and they know how to delegate work effectively – contract, sub-contract and the like). Spoken differently, if you give work to someone who is always hemming and hawing over the work, you risk giving the work to someone who is not yet sure about their objectives and priorities.

But if you really want to play it safe and capitalize on your investments, then just give the work to someone who does not look forward to, dream about, or need vacations. Why you may be wondering? Because they are in love with what they are doing and seek the thrill of something that will challenge their skill, resolve, and tenacity.

Anyways, you workaholics need to know that there are other younger workaholics in your midst. Yet all of us know that the ‘workaholic’ label is improperly used and incorrectly understood. Translation? A workaholic is in love with what they are doing – get over it.

Any brash, rude, or emotionally insensitive thoughts for me? Please feel free to share.

Matthew Polkinghorne

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