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Simon Sinek has recently gone viral for his interview about Millenials having a problem with impatience. The idea was that they want to be seen or make an impact very quickly without putting in the proper amount of time. Ironically, Sinek never mentioned that he’s been in the leadership game for over a decade. Yet, he’s just now hitting the popular circuit. What’s more, is that this is not just a problem with Millennials. It’s a problem with people of all ages. We’ve all become accustomed to quick success.
I’ve had clients in their 50’s yell at me because their site isn’t going “viral” fast enough. Or their product isn’t selling fast enough. All without giving a second thought to the fact that maybe their demographic just isn’t feeling their product. In some cases, they don’t have a product AT ALL. They’re only selling themselves. And when their book/post/page/site doesn’t hit Kim Kardashian levels, they blame it on the logo not being big enough. When, the problem isn’t the design. The problem is, they actually don’t have a product or skill set to sell. Or, their market is telling them that the product sucks. And if they are the product, that can be a huge blow.
Everybody’s selling something but hardly no one is working on getting good. Folks are calling themselves the thing without practicing the thing. Small budget movie sets are being overwhelmed by “actors” with little to no acting experience and little care to get better. I’m meeting models who don’t practice poses or exercise. People with nothing to say who are publishing books. Single relationship gurus. A reality TV star for a president. It’s all getting out of hand. Mostly because we’re too scared to tell question each others’ motives for fear that our assumptions may be wrong. We’re too scared to hold each other accountable.
Being famous for the sake of being famous or just having thoughts is on it’s last leg. It’s a huge problem when people enter an industry and don’t care to commit and get better. Who don’t care to learn and grow. I’m angry with people who abandon their new path when it gets tough, only to move on to something newer and shinier. I’m angry with people who don’t respect their craft enough to practice, to learn and grow. We are drowning out the faces and voices of those who are good what they do. We’re breeding incompetence. We are intercepting the process by which practitioners become teachers and teachers become leaders. Our values are extremely misplaced. It’s all flash and no substance.
Like my man Bobby said, All Sloppy and no Joe.