Since my career began, I’ve always been a guy that asked “Why?” I don’t do it to be disagreeable. I don’t do it to create conflict. I don’t have any interest in trying to prove I’m smarter than anyone else. I’m not motivated by me “winning” and someone else “losing”.
Because I am a “Why?” guy, in some of the corporate roles I’ve had, I was accused of “not being a team player” or “being negative” and was “advised” to be more aware of how others perceived me. I thought it then and I think it today: That is a load of crap. (oh wait, is that me being negative again or just brutally honest? Hint: It’s the latter.)
At any rate, I could never quite put my finger on why I knew in my heart that I was one kind of person, but that some people in my personal and professional lives viewed me entirely another way.
It wasn’t until a conversation a couple of years ago with Jason that he (thankfully) illuminated it for me:
“Mic, that’s what I love about you. YOU CARE SO MUCH!”
When he said those words, it was like a fireworks display went off in my brain! Alas, the truth had been revealed to me, albeit with a polite and helpful nudge from Jason.
The reason I ask “Why?”, the reason I try to find the best solution and not just “good enough”, the reason that I love helping people, the reason why my heart aches when I see friends going through difficult times, the reason why I feel let down when people don’t do what they say they are going to do, the reason it kills me when I see people who have given up on career or life happiness, the reason it crushes me when people let lifelong friendships or business relationships fall by the wayside….
The reason for all of it is because I CARE. It’s in my DNA. It will never change. And I’m done apologizing for it.
And now I’m writing this article because I care. I don’t know if it will do anything for you. I hope you can relate to it. I hope you reference this the next time you are feeling like your life or career or business is going nowhere. I hope it inspires you. I hope you take this message and do something with it.
If you are taking the time to read this, I care about YOU…because you have invested your time in me. Thank you.
I care about the business community in Kansas City.
I care about improving the local economy.
I care that so many people hate their jobs.
I care that so many people can’t find jobs.
I care that so many businesses aren’t hiring.
I care that so many businesses are struggling in this economy.
I care about people that had the courage to start their own business and who take on all of the pressures and headaches that comes with it.
BUT I FEEL BAD.
I feel bad for people that think their careers are over and that they can’t (or won’t) reinvent themselves.
I feel bad for people that never get out of their comfort zone. That is where the magic happens.
I feel bad for people who have no outlet for their creativity.
I feel bad for people that think they aren’t interesting.
I feel bad for businesses that continue to sit on the social media sidelines while the game is being played.
I feel bad for people that could accomplish so much more if they would put their pride aside and seek out help.
I feel bad for businesses that think they can keep doing business the same way they always have.
I feel bad for people who have quit dreaming.
I feel bad for businesses who follow while their competition leads.
I feel bad for people that think only MONEY=SUCCESS.
I feel bad for people that complain about being too busy, but who consistently create the problem for themselves.
I don’t have all of the answers. But I’m not going to give up. I can’t. I care too much.