I’ll never forget something my father once told me when I was young. About ye small, as it were . . .
“The person that has the ability is ALWAYS expected to do MORE!” , he proclaimed.
In a tone f voice that brooked no further arguments, and of course, for yours truly, that meant I just HAD to question him.
And I would have anyway.
“OK, fair enough”, I said. “But then they should get PAID more! Or compensated accordingly” . . .
To which of course, there was no answer, and an annoyed look, and finally an irritated “that’s not how things work!”
Why, I asked.
Perfectly reasonable question you’d think eh.
And of course, there was no answer, except the usual “Who does he think he is to ask all this? He thinks he know it all!”
Know it all? Hey, I asked WHY, didn’t I?
He might as well have answered “No why”, as they do in mainland China. Mei Wei Shen Mo . . . something that annoys me greatly especially if the question is a valid one.
I’ve since learnt (and I was young then of course) is the reason people don’t answer these questions is because they cut DEEP . . .
Because of certain inadequacies THEY themselves have deep down inside (and I’m not referring to my father here – I am talking “in general” as it were) that get exposed when these questions are answered, or certain things they are themselves doing WRONG.
Anyway, I found this way of thinking to be highly socialistic and STUPID with a capital S.
Akin to what a colleague of mine in China told me years later when people were trying to mooch off me for this and that for whatever reason.
“It’s like a well full of water”, he laughed “Everyone shows up to fill their jug and leave after they’ve done it, and as for the well . . . “
And he laughed again.
“It’s EMPTY after a while”.
And though he said that in jest, what he said he was true, and it’s a way of thinking and philosophy that I embed into my daily life my friend.
No freebies, no “free” anything, and certainly none of the “you can do it, so you should help me for FREE” B.S.
Certainly no “you learnt X language for free, so you should teach me for free!”
And certainly not in terms of fitness either, but as for the expectation part, I’ve found it to hold true in life in general (though it’s not ideal, of course).
The 20% in any company, for instance, are the ones that really keep the company afloat and the rest of the slacker going.
This might sound insane, but its true my friend.
Do you remember that company I worked at? Yes, THAT company!
The same thing happened there. I was expected to bring in more sales “because I could” and “had the ability” and when I asked for commensurate compensation to be given, there was … you guessed it. Crickets with a capital C.
“Oh, he doesn’t have a choice”, was the thinking of the “powers that be” at that time.
In other words, they figured I had no choice when it came to jobs and it was their way or the highway.
Anyway, this sort of socialist thinking doesn’t appeal to me my friend. Sure, you can EXPECT more from me. No problem. And you’ll get it. But by that same token, you’ll be expected to COMPENSATE me – and WELL – for my services – or time – or products – or whatever it is you’re looking to get me to do for you.
That’s just how it works my friend. I’m not much of a fan of Marxist thought processes such as what he majority of folks seem to believe in . . .
Anyway, and again, back to fitness, I hear you say.
In terms of fitness, I’ve already covered the no freebies part (and how!) . . . but what I did not say up there is that fitness ain’t an unfair employer my friend.
It truly is something where you GET what you PUT into it – and again – how!
Napoelon Hill, I believe it was, spoke of the Law of Increasing Returns which was first brought up by the great Emerson in his essays on compensation.
He goes on to say that any service you render with an open heart (preferably an open heart) comes back to you somehow – and in an INCREASED manner. With compound interest added, as it were!
If you’re working hard right now on your fitness, for instance, but not seeing any results straightaway – well fret NOT.
Keep doing the thing, and soon enough you’ll have the power and probably MORE than the results you wanted when you first started, my friend.
And that’s how it’s worked with me in terms of fitness, as you know, and how it will work for you as well.
And that’s how it works in life in general . . .
Anyway, that’s a long enough post on all this.
Bottom line – if someone expects quality in any regard from you – be damn sure you can deliver it – and once you do – do so at a PREMIUM, my friend. There truly is no other way.
And when it comes to your own fitness, apply the SAME philosophies.
You’ll be nigh astounded at the results that come on down your way!
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