POINT TO PONDER
A good leader takes more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.
- Arnold H. Glasow
REFLECTION by Rajiv Shah
I was listening to the radio the other day and I heard the rapper Notorious B.I.G. claim that success brings "mo' money, mo' problems."
I have to be honest that it hit me in an odd way. I'd heard it before but for some reason I mulled over it for quite. I kept thinking that not having money brought just as much problems as having it. And I felt like echoing Spike Mulligan in that, "all I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy."
This led me to thinking about people that had money. Lots of it. Athletes, venture capitalists, famous actors, politicians, pop stars, and CEO's. How did they make so much money and why? What set them apart?
It seems responsibility. Not just with getting the job done but taking responsibility when the job doesn't get done. In sports, athletes are paid bucks to perform and when they don't they are often the ire of fans and skeptics alike. And not only must they get the job done but they have to do it under the watchful scrutiny and often criticism of millions of fans, the media, and their peers.
CEO's must do it when their companies fail to meet expectations. Politicians live with criticism every day as their decisions affect the masses directly. More money, it seems, puts those who make it under a microscope and their decisions on a more glaring platform. More money more problems? I think more money, more responsibility.