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The Power of Selfish

Published on 4/1/2017
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If you’ve ever been on an airplane you’ll probably recognize this...


“In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to the mask. If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.”


Vicariously you know that’s “right” but if you think about it, that does sort of sound selfish, doesn’t it?


Take care of yourself first.


But you know logically it makes sense…


If you are oxygen deprived and near that “black out” level it’s likely that both you and the person depending on your will suffer (maybe die) if you are weak when you need to be strong…


I have a business partner in one of my business that I brainstorm with regularly. When we started building that insurance business we were getting a limited amount of sales leads from the insurance company we partnered with.


In our 3rd year in that business, virtually all of the leads are delegated to agents but in the beginning we kept the majority of them for ourselves.


We knew we had to invest money to build the business so at the start we “selfishly” kept most of the leads for ourselves. Now we spend hundreds of dollars every week generating leads for our producer/partners but it we hadn’t been “selfish” at the beginning we wouldn’t have the money to do that.


One of the tools we use to prioritize those types of decisions is Simpleology.


I do some consulting with business owners. Often find some of them conflicted with topics like…


Should they lay off a poorly performing employee when the business is slow, or tighten their own family budget?




Should they take the kids to school, or let them take the bus and get in an extra hour of productive work?


Ultimately the answers to those questions boil down to a choice between short term pain and long term gain.


Don’t forget that. “Selfish” can be very powerful.


Bill Bateman (like Batman with an “E” in the middle)


PS - Simpleology is program I use to keep my “Selfish” in check and my priorities straight. If you can relate and you need a solid tool to help you - Simpleology might be an answer for you too

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