It Seems I’m Intolerant
I didn’t realise this, but from a little feedback I’ve had so far about this infographic, I’m a controversial person. Who would have thought?
The issues here aren’t that new. In fact I’ve written about cruisers and dynamos before (concepts I read about in a book by David Maister), and those topics by themselves didn’t spark the feedback I’ve had so far on this graphic.
Where people get hung up is my observation that cruisers say to themselves “I’m fine as I am”.
It seems that’s what we are supposed to say to ourselves. It seems that telling ourselves we have room to improve is frowned upon by some areas of society.
I don’t agree. To me, the attitude that comes along with the “cruiser” mentality is one that should be quashed.
Given the choice between working with someone who refuses to engage in honest introspection, and one who will do so willingly – I’ll take the latter every day and twice on Sundays.
It’s Not a Mental Health Issue
In a profession with high stakes and high pressure, issues about depressing and poor mental health are pretty common.
However, that’s not what the graphic is about.
Accepting that you haven’t reached the pinnacle of your life yet (or, indeed, ever) is not a principle which should be depressing – rather it should be encouraging.
It should instill in you a desire to improve, to learn, to adapt, to try.
The issue is this: don’t let identification of your problem areas bring you down, so much as fire you up. KNOWING what the areas are gets you 50% of the way there – plenty of people out there don’t even know where they need to improve, so if you have a list of areas (I know that I do) then you are more advanced than many of your colleagues.
Of course after knowing comes action – just sitting around thinking about how bad you are isn’t a great idea or is it productive.
So Which Are you, or do you want to be?
Are you a dynamo (don’t worry about tall poppy syndrome here)? Maybe you’re a cruiser in some important aspect of your life but a dynamo in another?
Since you’ve read this article why not take a moment now – figure out what’s next for you. Not in 5 years, nor next year – but tomorrow. What improvement to your career, your life, your practice, will you be working on tomorrow?
A Note on Mental Health
If you do believe you have a mental health issue then you should do something about it. In Queensland legal practitioners can contact Law Care, but there are plenty of other options out there.