Hello SOTGC community,
Here is another post in our Hunger Games of Business saga. In the first book we get a glimpse into the normal life of Katniss and her best friend Gale. Most mornings she would wake up early and sneak out of the confines of District 12 to meet Gale and go hunting. This is illegal and had she been caught, the punishment would have been severe to possibly death. However, being the farthest district from the Capital, and the poorest, they weren’t monitored with the same scrutiny that the richer districts were.
There was a section in the electric fence that surrounds her district that would be off at certain times of the morning and evening. Katniss would sneak out each morning and head out for the hunt. The birds and animals she shot with her bow could be sold on the black market in their district and would buy her family enough food/supplies to keep them from starving. The skill at both the hunt and with her bow not only saved her family from certain starvation, but also ensured her survival in the Hunger Games arena.
It wasn’t until after she won the Hunger Games and started to become the symbol of the national rebellion that Katniss realized how much freedom she used to have. Sure she didn’t have the wealth that came with being a winning tribute (the winners of each game are given luxurious houses and enough money/food to provide luxury for themselves and their families for the rest of their lives). However, even though her fame and accomplishment ensured a comfortable lifestyle, she realizes how much freedom had been taken away that she used to have when she was just a poor girl in the district on the outskirts.
The point of this post is that as you advance in your career, as more and more people depend on you not only for inspiration, leadership, and guidance, the less freedom you will have. Those days of leaving the office at 5 PM on the dot, gone. You will be the first in the office and the last to leave most days (if you have an office job). Those days of having a couple drinks too many out at the bar with your friends or co-workers and coming in the next day a bit slow and making mistakes, see ya later. Each morning your team and your own job depend on you being on-point, prepared, and catching mistakes that others make before the client/team/or company suffers from them.
I’m not saying that power is a bad thing. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t aspire to go racing through that Glass Ceiling and achieve your definition of success. I’m merely pointing out that when you’re in the early stages of your career, enjoy the freedom that position allows while you have it. Don’t simply focus with laser-like precision on the goal and not enjoy the freedom, and time you have now.
And for those of you who are at or near the top of your career, instead of viewing the sacrifices as a pain in the ass and a burden, be thankful for them because it means you’re living out your goals and dreams. In the third Hunger Games book we see the struggle that Katniss goes through being the symbol of rebellion and how it affected both the people who were counting on her, as well as her own emotional state. So before you start on that upward trajectory towards your goals and dreams, make sure you’ve prepared emotionally for these upcoming sacrifices, and be sure of what you want before you start down that path. We only get one life (unless you believe in re-incarnation) to live out our dreams and goals…make sure the finale will be worth the chapters you’re currently writing.