I posted this on my Facebook yesterday and I am still mystified by the pride the guy took when he was telling me about how he sets his goals low. In a seemingly unrelated incident that also happened yesterday, it has become glaring clear why his philosophy angered me.
I bought a ring from an Amazon.com store. It was supposed to have shipped on Monday or Tuesday. Friday I emailed them, asking why it hadn't shipped yet. I got a return email saying they were sorry for the oversight and 'requested' from their shipping department that it be sent overnight delivery for Saturday. Now the operative word there is 'requested'. I can request many things: I request that Albert Einstein dine at my house tonight to discuss his thoughts on quantum physics. I also request that a pot of gold be delivered to my house tonight, pulled by a team of unicorns with a leprechaun who will grant me 3 wishes upon his arrival.
Grrr... Now I have a guy with lackluster goals & a company with poor communication skills who have both convinced themselves that their success will materialize if they give just 50% or 25%, or whatever percentage... it doesn't matter. What does matter is: Whatever happened to giving 100% & beyond?
I suppose it will catch up with them both. The company will probably go broke & the guy will never aspire to be anything more than he is today. Is this a growing trend?
Sherry Wood firstname.lastname@example.org