How Justice helped me understand the futility of designations
It’s not much of a tail, but I’m sort of attached to it.― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Chief Managing Officer
We all want to be one of these, don’t we?
This is the age of Self Importance and the era of Corporate Invasion.
According to UN reports, there are about 115 Million companies registered and functioning (Approximated). It means that there is 1 company for 60 people on this planet. There could be 1 Million General Managers, 10 Million Managers and at least a Quarter million Self-proclaimed CEOs and founders in the world. Still we are elated if we have an important designation. Why?
Most of us do an awesome job. Most of us are passionate about what we do. Let us not consider non-passionate or non-proactive/reactive or non-ambitious employees who are motivated just by their mortgage.
Why do awesome professionals chase designations? I tried to research it from certain perspectives.
Case 1: Shakespearesque — Seeking Reputation
…..Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. ~ The Seven Ages of Man, William Shakespeare
The great bard William Shakespeare claims that it is human nature to attain short-lived glory even when he/she is in grave danger. They would rather risk their lives and attain glory than not try at all. That’s what we do. We push longer and harder and destroy ourselves just to get that higher designation.
Case 2: Jungian — The Hero
In myths the hero is the one who conquers the dragon, not the one who is devoured by it. ~ “The Conjunction,” CW 14, par. 756.
A Hero typically finds treasure, saves a country, gets the princess or gets a promotion. Jung defines the hero material as one who overcomes obstacles and achieves certain goals. There is a hero within every passionate employee which tries to attain the highest designation of an organization.
Why all of this is futile?
One is driven by the need to achieve rather than the need to accomplish. What on earth is the difference, one may ask.
Achieve is for the world to see. It is glory, fame and all that someone attains when he seeks approval from the society.
Accomplish is for oneself to realize. It is satisfaction, doing justice to oneself and all that someone attains when he seeks approval from his conscience.
Getting a great designation means achieving something and showing off some greatness to the society that we live for and in. That is exactly why people chase Designations.
To do one’s own business and not to be a busybody is justice. ~ Plato, The Republic.
According to Plato, anyone who minds their own business and does not pry into others’ affairs are considered Just. This means that you don’t need approval from society to be just. You just have to live by yourself, for yourself.
That’s what I should strive for — Justice and not for glory.
When I started setting my heart as the competition, my Conscience as the approver and my brain as the engine, I started seeing a difference.
1. More focussed
2. More peaceful
3. More productive
4. More Creative and
5. More Happy
There is no one to compete, fight, argue or win other than oneself.
We are the world.