I find there are three types of people. Those that talk about doing things, those that do them, and those that bitch about the first two groups. Bloggers get put into the first group because most people assume that they are spending the time that they should be doing, writing. But offline or online there are those that enjoy talking about action more than the action itself. You know the people. It’s the guy that holds 15 meetings a day. So many meetings that there is no time to act on the decisions of the last meeting. Or the guy at the gym who talks to you the whole time with the towel around his neck. Does 10 pulldowns, lets out a big “whooo” and then gets back to chatting. And finally, the guy gets the $1000 bonus merely because he works for the company and bitches all day about the taxes. Then there are the doers. Results are how they keep score. It’s their version of a game where points are kept through money and statistics. Then there are the people that constantly complain.
They think everything is a conspiracy, that every little mistake another person or company makes is a big deal, and fill their day finding fault. Everyone is out to get them. Imagine if all that energy went into actually getting something done? Everybody thinks the can do better and they are not afraid to say it. They’re just afraid to be better. The Internet has given everybody a bodyguard that protects them from repercussions and on some occasions a Nate Diaz style elbow shiv to the face.
Believe it or not this blog or comments didn’t inspire this post. Actually it was just standing in line at the convenient store listening to all the people complain about random things all the while buying lottery tickets, a 12 pack of beer, and a pack of cigarettes. So obviously it’s not the Internet that brings opinion, opinion has been with us for the test of time. The Internet has just given people a platform of which allows us all to see it, whether or not we asked. There are a few quotes that come to mind when it comes to complaining. Quotes that remind me at time to agree, support, and mostly just ignore. Here are a few of my favorites
“Never tell your problems to anyone, 20% don’t care and 80% are glad you have them” -Lou Holtz
“Do not listen to those the quit and complain, for their disease is contagious” -Og Mandino
“Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future” ~Antoine Rivarol
What gets me is that despite the “economic crisis” that has swept across the world over the last few years, the last decade has provide people with more opportunity than the world has ever seen. Technology has opened up door and windows to connect the planet to data, speed, culture, and most of all, money. Things that took days, take minutes, and we should be a more productive society than we’ve ever been. In short, we have so much opportunity to accomplish and many have chosen to to use their “extra” time to criticize those that are doing. Thank you’s have been replaced with “no problem”, our celebrities are people that are famous for being famous, and it has become OK to take others hard work and content and use it to replace effort. But I’m not complaining.
Among the complaints and reviews are positivity. In some sense they are giving us all checks and balances. They are giving myself and my businesses free feedback that allows improvement. Unfortunately it allows MY improvement and allows ME to make more money not the critic. Something they are not going to be very happy about.
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