Being “Half In” to Something
I’ve often said that that there’s nothing worse than being “half in” to something.
People who are “half in” I call fence-walkers. They do no good to an organization. They do no good to business. They do no good for a team. They do no good themselves. Or for you.
Fence walkers will never find their passion until they commit themselves fully to something and be ALL IN.
For The Love Of Pizza
I met a fence-walker during my last trip to Amsterdam. My friend & I wanted to catch a bite at an Italian restaurant. So we opted for a place next to our hotel.
As we walked in and sat down, I jokingly said to the waiter “you guys have the best pizza in Amsterdam right?”
And he kind of shrugged and didn’t say much. That was a red flag for me. So I said “Seriously. Do you guys have good pizza?”
Then he replied “We are OK. But if you want the best in town, it’s right down the street.”
He seriously said that to us!!!
This is when we quickly walked out and headed to the other pizza place. And he was right… we loved the place.
But that one is an employee i would NOT want working for me.
Imagine one of our coaches saying : “Oh yeah, there is a better fitness center down the street”!!!
Even though I know that would never be the case, I can’t believe an employee of a company would actually steer a customer to a competitor while the customer was already ready to do business with them.
I left shaking my head. If I was that guy’s boss, he would have been fired on the spot.
Maybe he thought he was being helpful. Maybe he was working the only job he could get. I don’t know, but his fence walking not only wasn’t helping that pizza place, it also wasn’t helping him.
Indifferent, lethargic, uninspired… that’s the guy of person he seemed.
Hey Pizza Guy, one of my first jobs was being a waiter in an Italian Restaurant “Il Parlamento” at downtown Beirut. It was certainly a tiring job, but I used to love it. I cared about the customers and made sure they enjoyed their experience (I don’t deny that some of them were really annoying but that’s part of the process of challenging yourself). I loved what I did and gave it my all.
BE ALL IN or ALL OUT… No Middle Ground!
No matter what, we should either be ALL IN or ALL OUT. Don’t be a fence walker.
Encourage more. Acknowledge more. Praise more. Be more present. Be a problem-solver not a problem-seeker. And this is for anyone including your personal & professional life.
Thanks pizza guy, I appreciate your honesty. But you should seriously find a new job or get ALL IN.
Don’t be that guy or girl.
BE ALL IN!
Together for a Healthy Lifestyle,