i’m not in the shit business
“I don’t give a shit, I don’t take any shit, I’ m not in the shit business.”
“The most important thing a person can learn, professionally, is where to draw a big fat line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.”
So. This is a semi rant on doing shit work in business and my stance on what constitutes doing good shit versus bad shit.
Ok. They say that one of the best tests of a human being is how well or badly he or she treats others with less power. In other words … are you an asshole or aren’t you. I don’t agree. I would suggest that the biggest measure of a person is how much shit they take, how much shit they compromise on and how much shitty work they do.
<the management corollary to this is … if you do shit and shit rolls downhill your actions will affect others therefore you are managing like shit>
To be clear. I am not going to suggest anyone should actually be a shit … you should talk, listen, asked for opinions <and be open to opinions>, make people feel as comfortable as possible, and, in general, treat people with respect.
Why? “Nice” suggests being able to put up with shit and not making any waves. Well. Few of us leave an astounding legacy — in ways both large and small. I know I have not … yet. And I haven’t given up on an astounding legacy. In fact. I am gonna fight tooth & nail <and maybe not always be the nice guy> until my dying breath to leave some astounding legacy.
Now. I do not know what it is.
Shit. I am fairly sure most of us don’t know what legacy we will leave, but, dammit … I am surely gonna try and leave one. And I have no intention for it to be a shitty legacy. I want it to be a legacy worth a shit.
Now. I tend to believe most of us have a lot of good shit within us. And that part of our problem is simply sifting through all the piles within us trying to figure out the really good shit from the okay shit from the bad shit.
“I am a pile of ideas, a pile of dreams, a pile of plans, a pile of doubts, and so many other things.
I am a pile of piles and it is so overwhelming.
Should I get rid of some piles? Should I climb them?
Or should I just give up and hide inside them? “
I am a pile of piles and I want to do good shit. And I don’t want to give up and hide inside what I want to do … I want to go out and do some of the shit I want to do.
I have no interest in being in the shit business.
I don’t want to have to bullshit to get where I want to go.
I don’t want to have to do shit work <either bad, less than what could be done or anything even remotely near simply ‘checking the box and doing what was asked’ type of shit>.
I don’t want to deal with people who only want to ‘get shit done.’
I want to work with people who want to ‘get good shit done.’
I want to work with people who are not willing to compromise <quickly> over the good shit.
Oh. Back to the ‘piles of piles’ thought– yeah, I am a lot of different shit. I am a lot of different things and am able to do a variety of good shit.
And while I have written this as a personal message — I am not alone. There are a shitload of people out there in the business world who are clearly not in the shit business. The struggle for these non-shit people is that way way too many shit people — those who are willing to do and say shit.
This large group of people who, albeit they would never ever admit they were, are in the shit business. They are there by either doing shit or simply putting up with shit. Most of them speak fluent bullshit.
Well. This means the few, the proud, the people who know they know their shit, they gotta stand up with their piles of piles and let the world feel their weight.
“Let people feel the weight of who you are and let them deal with it.”
I am not in the shit business.
I never have been and I never will be. And I will put up with whatever shit thrown my way just to continue not being in the shit business.
There are others who feel the same way and we have our eye on getting rid of the bad shit being done in business and replacing it with good shit <or at least replace the people doing bad shit with people who have a desire to do good shit>.
And, no shit, I believe we will win <someday>.