posted on Jul, 12 2010 @ 05:28 PM
Originally posted by CHA0S
Though, I do think those studies are slightly wrong...because those people getting the big reward are under more pressure, and that puts strain on
your mind, and dulls your ability to think clearly and critically, at that stage you're worrying about money instead of the project at hand.
I dont want to discount your opinion, but I do want to share my personal experience in regard to that.
What I have noted is that the most competent people drop out of the rat race long before they hit the big time. I left business school at the top of
all my classes, my teachers said I was their most brilliant student, and I was offered jobs before finishing my junior year. And I left at the
beginning of my senior year to finish my degree in philosophy. Which has approximately zero financial reward. But is high on satisfaction for me, and
mastery, for me. I am not alone in that. A lot of your most promising workers arent motivated by the carrot alone, and they leave the "carrot
stick" system long before they ever end up "burned out" because of their tough decision making comes into play.
I never found business decisions tough. I never found any of the work hard. I found the ethics, the politics, and the other business majors who were
carrot stick people, unbearable. I cant even tell you how many truly brilliant minds I know that are grossly underutilized because they cannot fit
into that carrot-stick environment. And they are not lazy, they often work incredibly hard, at things that simply do not pay, but which they find
rewarding. Many times taking second paid jobs to finance their autonomy, that are just "jobs" to pay the bills.
In other words, what I notice, and noticed in school, is that you dont have brilliant minds at the top burned out by the tough decisions. You have
mediocre minds at the top, who are highly carrot motivated, and they are burned out because they are out of their natural depth. I will bet money
that many of those not so bright students that I carried through business school (the whole group grade fiasco) are busy managing stuff right now when
the biggest skill they learned in business school was how to conceal their incompetence by riding off other peoples work.
I think the video is spot on when it says that this type of system will attract real talent. I think it absolutely would. No one I know who is worth
a damn would compromise their passion for money. And those who pursue money as an end itself, are rarely passionate about what they do. Sometimes
you get lucky, and your passion happens to make money, (Bill Gates, Buffet, Jobs, etc) but for many, if push comes to shove you choose satisfaction
and just take whatever job will pay the bills and not interfere too much with what you really love.