People every day say things like, “I wish I were running this,” or “I wish I were in charge of that.” They say things like, “I wish this were my position,” or “If it had been me, I would have done it this way.” In many cases, it’s a matter of “the-grass-is-greener” syndrome. The problem most often is that many have never been in the position and been privy to the knowledge that it takes to be at that level that they seem so desperate to be in. In situations like this, I often quote the “Peter Parker Principle.” For those of you unfamiliar with Peter Parker who is also known as Spiderman, the key principle that shaped and molded his life and eventually catapulted him into his destiny says, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
There’s been much discussion about kings and kingdoms in recent years. What isn’t new is that many have the thought that they ought to be the king without the benefit of the process that it takes to be the king. Even more important is that they never give thought to the notion that in whatever state or position they are in, they can still have the mindset of a king. In other words, you can rule the place in which you are in. A former mentor I once had would say it like this, “I don’t have to be in charge to be in charge.” To quote former WWE wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Know your role and shut your mouth.”
- Kings Know the Extent of Their Domain: As such, they will rule well their established territory at all cost. Should they seek to enlarge their kingdom, they do so by warfare or by treatise. A treatise was often guaranteed through marrying off the king’s daughter. In the business world you might view it as a hostile takeover or merger.
- Kings Operate at a Higher Level: Kings speak at a higher level than the commoners and they also have access to privileged knowledge. They know things most don’t know, so they are able to make decisions that from a common man’s perspective would seem like it hasn’t been thought through or a just or fair decision.
There used to be an old saying that goes, “walk a mile in another man’s shoes.” So many people think it’s easy on the other side of the fence. But the reality is that you have no idea until you’ve actually been there. The decisions that are made by true kings are the decisions they made with the information they had in the moment. The actions true kings take are with utmost of concern. They have the weight of their entire kingdom at stake.
When I was in high school my accounting teacher had one specific thing that she made certain we understood about life. She said, “I paid the cost to be the boss!” If you think for a moment that you have what it takes to be where another person is, know that there are certain things that come with the territory; the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can’t just have the good without the bad or ugly. It comes with the territory.
QUESTION: What things do you face in your territory?