Professor Finkelstein for Forbes is rolling out his list of the worst CEOs of 2012. My immediate response was Hehe, my boss should be on that list.
I’m a little mean sometimes. Our company’s CEO makes some dumb decisions, and his subordinates are the first to knock them. We could start a way better company, we say. But we don’t. We’re non-creators.
We fancy ourselves armchair CEOs, but the truth is, none of us actually know what the hell we’re doing. Only difference between my boss and myself is, he actually stepped up to the plate and founded the company. Starting a crappy company is still infinitely better than never leaving the gate.
I’m going to put a stop to this. I’m taking a cue from the second half of David Wong’s column, 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person:
3. You Hate Yourself Because You Don’t Do Anything – “How much of your time is spent consuming things other people made (TV, music, video games, websites) versus making your own? Only one of those adds to your value as a human being.”
2. What You Are Inside Only Matters Because of What It Makes You Do – Things that you consume stay on the inside. Only actions are observable.
1. Everything Inside You Will Fight Improvement – “It’s incredibly comforting to know that as long as you don’t create anything in your life, then nobody can attack the thing you created.”
They all boil down to the same point, really. Produce something that someone wants. Like, actually do it. Until that happens, you’re not allowed to criticize anyone who is attempting the same.