Are You a Rocker or a Rower
“If you are busy rowing the boat, you do not have time to rock it.”
WOW! That is so true! Everywhere I go, I can count on finding these…negative people. They are everywhere! Negative people are in your personal and business life. In the business world, I have discovered that they can actually hurt people from achieving greatness. These people can prevent others from obtaining their goals by creating waves of fear and doubt.
Keep in mind that the inverse is true too. There are rowers that make everyone better around them. They embrace the mission and have their proverbial oar in the water…rowing! So, the question is what is the differences between “Rockers” and “Rowers”.
Rockers: Rockers like to stir up trouble and cause havoc. They cause others around them to become afraid because they fear that the boat will tip over or worse…sink. Rockers make others feel that the boat (the company) is not safe. Most of the time the “rocker” feels insecure because their performance stinks or they do not want to row (work). Rockers believe the boat is there to take them to their destination with little or no effort. They cannot stand to be alone. Rockers look for others to join their agenda because they do not like to “rock” alone. Rockers usually begin by gently rocking the boat from side to side making everyone on board uneasy. This causes the boat to lose its course or to capsize which temporally costs time and money.
The Biblical story of Jonah is a perfect example of a rocker. Jonah decided that he did not want to do what God had asked him. Jonah stowed away on a boat thinking that God would not find him. While the boat was at sea, there was a severe storm with towering waves. Everyone aboard was afraid the waves would destroy the boat and the crew would perish. The captain was a superstitious man and felt that someone on board was the reason for the storm. The captain and crew determined that Jonah was the cause of this bad storm, so they threw him overboard. The sea immediately became calm and tranquil. Jonah was swallowed by a great fish. Three days later, the great fish released Jonah so he could complete God’s will. Jonah was a rocker. His actions caused the others on board to believe that the boat may be destroyed. The problem was not the boat or the crew, but it was one person, Jonah.
Rowers: Rowers want to contribute to the success of the boat. They demonstrate their commitment to the captain and crew by rowing. This moves the boat forward toward its destination. The collaborative result becomes more speed and power allowing the boat to move more swiftly and easily even through rough waters. When everyone is rowing in unison, it feels like a symphony on water. It actually makes each stroke easier.This is because of the momentum created by all the people contributing in a positive manner. Most people want to be a rower, but they can be influenced by the rockers. This causes the system to malfunction and places the difficulty of rowing on the rest of the crew. It can wear down the crew faster or even burn them out; therefore losing more productivity.
In the business world, rowers tend to make more money and have job security. Rowers are the ones typically to become captain. By being a rower, it can help you achieve your dreams and make the others around you better. There is one encouraging opinion about rockers. If rockers did not exist in the world, we would never be able to appreciate the rowers.
Final Thought: If the boat is a rocking, get to rowing. You will receive more success from your journey.