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Being Told What To Do

Most people do not like being told what to do. I do not.

But if a job needs to be done and a person does not do it, someone will have to tell him to do it. This might be done in person or even by a note. The longer it takes for the person to get on the job, the more often and urgently he will be told to do it.

If you do not like being told what to do, you have to take the initiative to do what needs to be done before some can ask you to do it. It is not enough to dislike being told what to do. You have to also take the initiative.

Actually, your goal should be to do what needs to be done before anyone even has the idea of asking you to do it.

This applies in the home, school and at work. It also applies in Karate. In Karate too we need to be able to seize the initiative -- to move in a way that disrupts or even preempts an attack.

I have owned my own business for 21 years. When an employee has to be told what to do, that is just average. I have to do work in order to get that employee to work. It is double effort. That person can be replaced. But when an employee is self directed, that is someone special, someone you want to keep on your staff.

If you don't like being told what to do, don't just sit there -- do what needs to be done. Seize the initiative.

If you are not sure what needs to be done, you can always ask. A person who seeks work usually gets the good jobs. A person who just sits there, gets what's left over.


Charles C. Goodin