If you are powerless:
- You donâ€™t have to worry since nothing is your fault.
- You can complain since you didnâ€™t design the system.
- You can ignore obvious issues since someone else will sort them out.
- Your bubble will never burst since you take no risks.
- You can say â€œI told you soâ€.
- You can maintain the comfortable status quo.
- You can remember when everything was so much better.
- Youâ€™ll always be innocent.
- Youâ€™ll be the victim in this whole thing.
The mantle of being powerless is comfortable. But you shouldnâ€™t put it on because it makes you invisible. You risk nothing, learn nothing, achieve nothing, and donâ€™t progress. Taking authority is the antithesis:
- You have to think through all the contingencies since itâ€™s on your head.
- You didnâ€™t design the system, but you can sure fix it.
- Itâ€™s not your job, but you’ll resolve this issue anyway.
- You might fail, but youâ€™ll learn something if you do.
- People will tell you they told you so.
- Change will be constant â€“ itâ€™s survival of the most flexible.
- Tomorrow will be better than today.
- Itâ€™ll always be your fault. Get used to it.
- Youâ€™ll have to turn the other cheek, a lot.
Authority is a burden. But you must seize it with both hands, and embrace it. If not, others will and you’ll be invisible.