Thursday, 1 March 2018

Consumption vs Contribution

"So what's in it for me?"
"So how will I benefit from it?"
"What will I get to learn?"
"How will I develop?"

How many times have you heard someone say this when you tell them about doing something? How many times have you thought this when someone tells you about doing something? 

It is our default response to any new opportunity we see or hear about. Human beings are inherently selfish. It is not a bad thing. Unfortunately, we also are not naturally inclined to think about the long term. We focus on the short term.  

If everyone just consumes and does not contribute, there will come a time when there is nothing left to consume. 

How many times have you been flustered when someone asks you, "So what value are you going to add to this?" 

I believe that's the most fundamental question I would ask someone if I am allowing someone to join a group. If you are not going to contribute anything and are just going to consume, why should the group have you? 

On a much larger scale, the world needs more contributors rather than just passive consumers. You want the world to be nice to you? Go be nice to some people. You want to learn something new? Go teach someone something you already know. 

It is the change in mindset which would make a huge difference. Imagine going to an LC thinking "Today I am going to share my ideas openly." or "I know this topic really well, I am going to make sure that everyone in the group gets it." 

Now imagine everyone in the LC thinking this way. What would that change? How would the conversation look different? What would be the culture of the LC? How would you feel during and at the end of the LC? What would happen to the efficiency and effectiveness of the LC?

We are all interdependent whether we like it or not. Wouldn't you want to make sure you get the best out of every meeting, LC, session, and day?

The only thing you have to do is have an answer for,"How am I going to contribute today?"

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