Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/15/2020
One of the funniest (though not intentionally) letters I ever received about Monday Morning Memo was in response to an issue I wrote in Nantucket about wandering down the beach and appreciating nature. An irate guy wrote, with a rather procrustean tone, “Now what am I supposed to do with that?! How do I apply that to my business? It’s useless!”
He was complaining about one issue of a FREE newsletter for which he hadn’t the depth required for appreciation. Instead of trying to understand the point, and asking me politely, he attacked me for failing him. In my view, he took shallowness to a new depth.
We encounter “takers” and “demanders” in our world, in good times and bad. They are entitled—often enabled in that misguided mentality by those around them—and refuse to understand anything that doesn’t immediately provide them with gratification. They cut ticket lines, they talk over others, they make unreasonable demands.
I’ve tried to combat this in my own frame of reference with a philosophy that no one deserves to consume wealth without producing it, nor to consume happiness without producing it. That’s always worked pretty well for me. And, by chance, if you don’t understand my point here, don’t become irate, just ask me.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
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