So, I am watching Survivor Nicaragua tonight and am blown away to see not ONE but TWO contestants quit when they were 1 out of 9 people who could have won a $1,000,000 - A million bucks in a time where 1 in 10 people actively looking for employment cannot find suitable work.
Hundreds of thousands of people who tried to be a contestant on this popular CBS reality television show. And THEY quit after making it as part of TV history because they were cold, dirty and hungry? There are people who go without each and every day in every major city who would have killed a person, and probably has, for less food then you guys ate on Survivor.
What if everyone that has ever lived stopped and "gave up" when adversity came their way? What if no one did a thing because they were gripped in fear brought on within their mind or from outside influences? And the funny thing is these two women were in their 20's. Is this how the "entitlement" generation operates? You don't get it handed to you, so you quit? Come in 5th place at soccer and still receive a trophy? Is this the mentality that will rule this land in a few decades? I surely hope not or hope that their stories are a small minority and do not speak of the age group as a whole.
And how does this all tie in with local Baltimore/DC area business owners which are the driving theme of my blogs? Well, the answer is quite simple. There are NaOnka Mixon's and Kelly Shinn's everywhere. At the restaurant you eat at, the stores you shop at and even on the phone in a call center you get through to when you have a problem. People that are unhappy and "checked out" at their current role/position/status to the point where they actually hurt your business.
As we go into 2011, take stock of your employees. Treat the good ones like gold and weed out the ones that are making you look bad. It is not always the easy thing to do but it is the right thing to do for you, your business and more importantly your customers.
Am I speaking the truth or way off? Chime in and be heard.