Hello dear reader(s)!
Happy day after my birthday! Thank you all for the birthday wishes. Unfortunately, nobody got me Riki Lindhome and I am now sad. Oh well, moving on.
Have you ever been in a situation where something that you wanted would cause a ripple effect of pain and hurt feelings if you were to get what it was you wanted? No, I’m not talking about Riki Lindhome here, FYI. What if everything was that way? At what point do you say, “Damn the torpedos!” and try to obtain it anyway?
If you were a CEO of a major corporation, you would have no problems going after what you thought was best for you, even if it meant hurting a lot of people. It is the same in government. Those people are defined as successful.
Does that mean people with consciences are doomed to not being successful?
When do you place your happiness above the happiness of others? What criteria do you use to make a decision that could negatively impact others? What criteria do you use to keep yourself from being negatively impacted down the road for a decision to get what you want at the time? Do you think your conscience holds you back, or is an asset?
For me, I think my conscience holds me back in the traditional definition of successful. However, I define success as others seeing me as a good person and not that I always have everything that I want. So I try really hard not to let my desire to have something cause pain to anyone else.
Like any other subject, I’ve made mistakes in that area. Sometimes I’ve gone against that core principle because I wanted something so badly and it actually worked out well. Usually it doesn’t work that way and I regret going after it. So for me, I have to want something extremely bad to risk hurting people by going after it. But what if I didn’t? What if I saw people as obstacles in my path, instead of part of the path and help walking it?
I don’t think I could live with myself if I did that.
But then I am sitting there, seeing the things that I know I could obtain if only I could be sneaky about it. If only I could place myself so far first that anyone else’s feelings on the subject were dismissed. If I could just steal or manipulate with no care for the impact of doing so.
I won’t though, because it is ingrained in my morality.
But then I see the successful people I know did a lot of underhanded things to get where they are and I think, “Morality is overrated.”
What are your thoughts? Would you override your morals for more success? Could you?