Today I want to ask you a question – are you in something for the greater good, or are you in it for yourself? If the latter, would you admit it? Don’t be offended, it’s an interesting and valid question.
As most of you know, I have been participating in TheUltimateBlogChallenge.com this month.
I get the sense, from corresponding with, and from reading the work of most of the bloggers, that most of the people who are participating are good, decent people who truly have a desire to help others. I am sure that’s what motivated them to become “self-help” practitioners in the first place!
Before I became a coach, I was in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for 20 years. GIS people tend to think differently than most other people. In general geographers tend to think of others more than themselves, tend to think spatially, and long-term (vs. short term) and see the whole picture, because they realize that everything is connected. That is really rare. As a member of the GIS community, I know that most people who got into the field of GIS are kind-hearted people who did so with the intention of helping to make the world a better place, because GIS software is an extremely useful decision support tool in this regard.
GIS people are not only smart, but they share knowledge, technology, solutions, and ideas. This is not true in other career fields – think about politics and how cutthroat it is – in general, there is a lot of short-term thinking and “what’s in it for me” (WIIFM) mentality. Many people run for Congress now because it is such a cushy deal! Congress has an exclusive retirement plan (they don’t participate in Social Security), and access to elite medical care. In politics, an enemy today is a friend tomorrow. Not many politicians consider the consequences of their actions and what those actions will do to the next generation. A lot is done for short-term gain rather than considering the long-term effects of policies. I would say that politics is at odds with GIS! I also know from my own experience, that most women tend to be more collaborative and supportive of each other (in most cases!), which is one reason I decided to become a women’s business coach.
So, now I ask you:
What career field or profession are you in?
What have you seen, from your experience?
Are the people in your field in it for the greater good, or are they in it for their own individual ambitions? (give some examples)
What about doctors? Are they in it to help people or for the money? How about for both reasons? Is there anything wrong with that?
Let me hear from you!