Friday, November 29, 2013

Development Of Common Sense III / 11 Pieces Of Wisdom From Bill Gates - Part 3



Song:  The Decisive Battle / Mog's Theme

Orchestra:  Final Symphony



This is part 3 of 11 articles on Bill Gates's 11 rules to school children.


Bill Gates'...

Rule # 3:  You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of High School. 
You won't be a Vice-President with a car phone until you earn both
(nowadays the figure would probably be over $100,000).



My perspective:


I believe the spirit of this rule is to not have unrealistic expectations.

While shooting for the stars is a great long term dream to strive for...
to expect to achieve it without a realistic path plotted...
is a folly upon which...if believed by the person...leads to arrogance.

Arrogance automatically sets the person up to be at a psychological disadvantage.

Such a person will have to perform flawlessly...
or to suffer disgrace in his own eyes, as well as in all others'...
and to the delight of all others who hope to see him fail because of his arrogance.


It is setting himself up for performance out of fear of Negative Reinforcement...
instead of performance from the excitement of adventure and the 
fires of passion burning brightly in him which are further stoked
by each step forward (Positive Reinforcement).


It is also setting himself up for disillusionment and great disappointment.
Many people end up quitting because they feel themselves a failure at life...
when their true point of failure was in their initial unrealistic expectation.


There are three basic components to successfully reaching a goal:


1)  Vision - Knowing what you want.

Having a dream which lies close to the heart...
one which stirs the emotions to such a degree that 
all of life seems wonderful...or to have a dream 
which allows you to reach even longer range goals because of the material 
rewards which will allow greater freedom to pursue the greater dream at a later time.

To have the a firm vision of a reachable dream always before you...
provides a continual and ever increasing drive to see that dream come to fruition.

It is the secret to self motivation...
to the development of drive.



2)  Planning - Accurate course plotting / Provisioning

Although to have a dream is crucial...
as it provides boundless energy to achieve...
it will remain...but a dream...unless there is a solid plan to follow.

By reverse planning from the goal to the person
allows for the necessary steps to be efficiently laid out...
and then broken into shorter term objectives
so the critical rate of travel to each objective...
and the provisions necessary...
may be planned for...and applied.


To think that success comes easily...
is to not have accurately plotted a course...
and to not have stocked up on the provisions necessary 
for an extended journey.


This is one of the reasons those who see arrogance in others...find it so distasteful.  

They know the person hadn't accurately gauged the situation...
themselves...or the others around them.

Such a person is thought to be a great liability
because of the lack of intelligent observation...
and, especially in, the lack of common sense.



3)  Staying The Course - Never Giving Up


To think that something is going to be easy...
is to not be prepared for stormy weather.

To not be prepared for stormy weather...
is to set yourself up for failure should a storm arrive.

To go on your journey
with the knowledge that stormy weather is an almost certainty...
is to not only be prepared for it...
it is to wish for it...
as you know that it will make the journey a truly epic one...
one which shall be remembered fondly.

Expect initially hard times...
times of deprivation...
 of great fatigue...
of great fear.
These are what shall make the eventual victory so sweet.

A hard won victory...
is a victory forever.

It colors all of life to a depth unknown 
to all those who had not...
fought and had never given up.

It is a realization which never leaves you...and forever rewards you.

Anything which comes easily...is not worth having in the first place.


What should be an expectation of all starting out in their professions...
is a hectic, very fast paced environment with a steep learning curve 
which shall weed out many before the first year is over.

Companies know that to have knowledge is only one component
of a successful employee.

What they truly desire is a person who can utilize what they have learned
in a manner which will produce positive results.

They want someone who can learn quickly...
and then be able to apply that new knowledge accurately, efficiently, and effectively.

To do this...
the person must first be extremely observant
to be able to see situations realistically and accurately.

They must have the common sense to be able to categorize 
and prioritize information correctly.

They must be able to predict patterns or problems before they emerge...
and then be able to apply appropriate solutions to the problems.


Everything at work is a test.

Even were a person a good actor...
there are subconscious signals which betray true intent in people...
especially when stressed...and when the supervisors know what to look for...
as any supervisor who has dealt with new employees for any extensive
amount of time before...automatically sees.

For a person to go into a company thinking that things will be so easy that 
they will rise to the top without earning it...
shows in their body language at the very least...
and more often than not...
in their lack of performance.

This attitude automatically tells the supervisors that
not only does the person not have the attitude to learn and apply...
it tells him that the person has no common sense...
that it was a basic lesson in life the employee should have learned
before leaving Elementary School.

Arrogance is a sign of ego over intelligence.

It is a short term thinker who thinks in this manner...
one who hasn't learned in life that to alienate potential allies from the start...
is being stupidly dismissive of a potential asset...
that to show your cards at the start of a poker game is a disadvantage...
that the many lessons in life which teaches the futile end game of the arrogant....
should have been realized by him long prior.

 To think that a rise to the top shall be easy...
to think that it is your right to have by any means other than on pure merit...
that to not take into account unknown variables in any equation
 (all others vying for the position / unknowable job variables)
is to be Arrogant.


Simply put...

Arrogance is a hallmark of the willfully stupid...
all they know is bluff and aggression.


Humility is a hallmark of the intelligent.

They know the value of the unknown and uncontrolled variables in life.
They know the value of always keeping a hidden reserve.
They know the end game before they start...
and they know how to reach it by applying 
the three components of successfully reaching a goal...
and that to do so requires a proper alignment of...
 heart and mind.

















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