Recently, I ran across the article found in this blog and I thought it was pretty clever. Don’t Send You Ducks to Eagle School is a pretty clever title.
I particularly like the part where Mr. Rohn said that good people are found, not changed. That is so true. We waste so much time and effort trying to change people into what we want them to be instead of just accepting them for who they are. The only way a person can change is if they want to and if they want to, they will change. If they don’t want to change, they won’t. When we try to change people we are only causing frustration for ourselves and the person we are trying to change. And despite what you think, turning up the heat will make them only push away even harder.
Motivation is a very weird entity. Two people can see the same thing and one person will be motivated and the other person will not. Even though everyone is hearing the same words, people react to it differently. People react based on past experiences and dreams and goals they may have. Motivation is a sliding scale that ranges from barely motivated to so motivated that something can totally consume your life. As long as your motivations are towards healthy, positive things, you should be pretty well off.
The thing to keep in mind is that everyone is different. God created each of us to be unique in our own way. If everyone was the same, this would be a very boring place to live indeed. Let’s appreciate our differences and stop trying to change them!
Don’t Send Your Ducks to Eagle School
by Jim Rohn
The first rule of management is this: don’t send your ducks to eagle school. Why? Because it won’t work. Good people are found, not changed. They can change themselves, but you can’t change them. If you want good people, you have to find them. If you want motivated people, you have to find them, not motivate them.
I picked up a magazine not long ago in New York that had a full-page ad in it for a hotel chain. The first line of the ad read, “We do not teach our people to be nice.” Now that got my attention. The second line said, “We hire nice people.” I thought, “what a clever shortcut!”
Motivation is a mystery. Why are some people motivated and some are not? Why does one salesperson see his first prospect at seven in the morning while the other sees his first prospect at eleven in the morning? Why would one start at seven and the other start at eleven? I don’t know. Call it “mysteries of the mind.”
I give lectures to a thousand people at a time. One walks out and says, ‘I’m going to change my life.” Another walks out with a yawn and says, “I’ve heard all this stuff before.” Why is that?
The wealthy man says to a thousand people, “I read this book, and it started me on the road to wealth.” Guess how many of the thousand go out and get the book? Answer: very few. Isn’t that incredible? Why wouldn’t everyone go get the book? Mysteries of the mind…
To one person, you have to say, “You’d better slow down. You can’t work that many hours, do that many things, go, go, go. You’re going to have a heart attack and die.” And to another person, you have to say, “When are you going to get off the couch?” What is the difference? Why wouldn’t everyone strive to be wealthy and happy?
Chalk it up to mysteries of the mind and don’t waste your time trying to turn ducks into eagles. Hire people who already have the motivation and drive to be eagles and then just let them soar.