The World's Worst Boss

Thought Experiment Thursday

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We all have many bosses in our lives. A looming deadline, a toxic relationship, a bad habit, time, and, of course, actual bosses. But, at the same time, there’s really only one person we can point to when all the cards are on the table: ourselves.

Seth Godin talks about it in a piece titled “The world’s worst boss.

The world’s worst boss - that would be you.

Even if you’re not self-employed, your boss is you. You manage your career, your day, your responses. You manage how you sell your services and your education and the way you talk to yourself.

Odds are, you’re doing it poorly.

If you had a manager that talked to you the way you talked to you, you’d quit. If you had a boss that wasted as much of your time as you do, they’d fire her. If an organization developed its employees as poorly as you are developing yourself, it would soon go under.

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There are few good books on being a good manager. Fewer still on managing yourself. It’s hard to think of a more essential thing to learn.

That’s some tough love right there, but it’s an interesting thought experiment to run:

If you - the little voice talking to yourself right now - were the boss of you - the actor, the person, the body moving in the real world - and your life was the output, the result, the goal you two were working towards, what would you tell yourself?

What advice would you give? What would you expect? Demand of yourself?

What would you tell yourself to do in order to have a good life?

Chances are, that’s the only boss you really have to listen to. But boy is it important that he or she does a good job.

-Nik


About Thought Experiment Thursday: Einstein said we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking that created them. Science estimates we have about 35 thoughts per minute. That’s a lot of chances to change our thinking. So on Thursdays, that’s what we’ll practice.

A question opens the mind. A statement closes it. Let’s keep ours wide open.


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