The Average Joe


When you hear the guys who made it big speak – like Marc Benioff , Steve Jobs , Bill Gates or Larry Ellison – you are immediately filled with a sense of independence, a sense of power , a sense of self-actualization, a I can-do attitude. And then you take this feeling back to work the next day and are rudely shocked at how archaic the environment is – how complex it is to execute those simple ideas. Then without further ado, you fall in line. And things become normal again.

If there was one common denominator for all these great men, then it would have to be thinking out of the box. Each of them in their early years thought how they could get out of conformity and come up with something original, something new or something out of the box. And it is because of this fundamental passion that they became so succesful in their lives.

The average Joe at work is average because he is expected to do average work,because the platform provided to him is to excel in doing average work.And the results are in line with the philosophy.Every single time the average Joe wants to go out there and do something different, he is either ridiculed or disciplined.Rest of the herd follow suit. The big daddy’s raise their eyebrows and say well, this is how business is done, if you know better – then go ahead and start your own, but around here, we do business the way it has been done for so many moons.

For those who can afford to opt out, they do and go on to make their own lives.For those who did not have enough resolve to opt out, stay put, keep their trap shut, and become another “ave-rage” Joe.They eventually go on to become either disgruntled employees or cynical inside the box just like their predecessors.As a result the organization is filled with a bunch of highly cynical staff who think what they know is the best and nothing else. Until shit hits the fan, or there is a crises – in which case they will either pass the buck or find a scape goat.If the crises gets solved then it was of course a triumph of their ability and system and if it sinks then that was the organizations destiny – and they promptly hop to another ship.

In conclusion, the reality is quite different at ground level unlike what a Marc or Larry or Steve thought. I’m sure when they started off there would have been many naysayers and cynics about their thought process, but they chose to stick it out and follow their passion, rest as they say, is history.Every one of us will be faced with this decision at some point in our professional lives, question is whether you are going listen to your heart or your mind?

GB

3 thoughts on “The Average Joe

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  2. “And then you take this feeling back to work the next day and are rudely shocked at how archaic the environment is – how complex it is to execute those simple ideas. Then without further ado, you fall in line.” – Resonant of my husband working for the Government of India, and his usual complain coming back from work, every day. 🙂 Nice post!

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