Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Louis and Clark

Greetings happy people,

There are two guys at a nearby workplace that are complete opposites. One is named Louis and the other is named Clark. These two have made their impact in completely different ways. How? Well, let’s look at the tale of the tape.

Clark has worked at my place of employment for 13 years as a supervisor. He cannot write. He cannot perform simple calculations on different tests. He can barely read at a 5th grade level. Yet he managed to become a supervisor without taking any tests to qualify. Wait, this gets a lot better. He gets jealous of people that are more intelligent than he. When given the opportunity to move ahead in his career, he steps on lots of people. In addition, he constantly sucks up to bosses that are in higher positions. He never gives thanks or appreciates anyone that helps him on a major assignment. Wait, there’s even more to this “winner.” He talks louder than everyone, just to get his point across. He loves to snoop around other people’s desks. He embarrasses himself and other co-workers by always saying something inappropriate in training classes or workshop seminars. If you have ever worked with a person like Clark, he has probably given you enough strife to want to walk away from your job.

On the other hand, Louis has been working at the same place for 13 years. He can write. He can perform calculations of different tests. He studies different test methods to make sure they run correctly. He also takes and passes the tests to become a supervisor. He encourages other people to go as far as they can go. When given the opportunity to move ahead in his career, he studies and prepares for the next levels. He works well with people on different assignments. He also thanks people. If he wants to get his point across, he speaks in a direct, professional manner. He respects people’s space and privacy. He also takes any opportunity to learn at training classes or workshop seminars. If you have ever worked with a person like Louis, I would say he is probably a real asset to your job and a joy to have in the workplace.

If you look at the comparisons of these two gentlemen, it's obvious that you would like to work with Louis instead of Clark. Take a quick glance at the sizes of the two paragraphs. Doesn’t it look like I wrote more about Clark that I did Louis? Well, it does! Remember the old saying that it takes 37 muscles to frown and only 22 muscles to smile? In this case it took 175 words to write about Clark and only 153 words to write about Louis. Interesting, huh?

Whenever you deal with someone negative, it takes much more energy to handle the negativity than it does to be with someone positive. The more energy you put out on this negativity, the more tired, frustrated, and stressed you will become. That is so unnecessary!! If you have a Clark that lives in your world, remember what he does is only temporary. It will not last forever. At some point in time, he will fall into his own trap and will have only himself to blame. What goes around, comes around.

Meanwhile, Louis will always be successful, because he walks the path where his legacy will be emulated for years to come. It always pays to be a Louis. For the good that is done will always come back to you - in a positive spirit, better health, and greater energy. If you have a Louis that lives in your world, appreciate him. The world could use more people like Louis. He could be the best thing you have in your life.

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

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