Do you feel it creeping up on you? I do.
Complacency. That ugly, discouraging, stagnant word. The robot syndrome. Symptoms include blank stares, following direction without question, and clocking in and clocking out right on schedule.
The complacent robot does not innovate, does not create, and certainly does not challenge the conventional thinking. (All of these things are the sparks of life and business.) Robots are being created everyday. In every office. Because the creativity gets pounded out of us by monotonous tasks and cumbersome processes.
I’m fighting it. I’m fighting it as best I can. But I worry. I don’t want to be a robot. I don’t want to be lulled into a strong sense of complacency.
So what is the cure? How do I avoid death by mechanical movements?
I do not yet know the answer. But I suspect that somewhere along the line it involves a choice. It will involve a decision to be intentional with my actions. It will mean neglecting the inclination to feel victimized by the grind. And it will mean going home to work harder, to create and innovate on my own so that it is not all lost in the shuffle. So that the flame doesn’t die.
I think it means flipping my perspective on its head. This is not an unavoidable, steady decline into the scrap heap. It means going to sleep early and getting up even earlier. It means doing my job and doing it well. So well that others want to do the same. And then it means going home and working even harder. Creating through art and writing and business plans.
So who’s with me? Join me. Let’s avoid the robotic complacency. Let’s create a convention with a baseline of avoiding convention. Comment, email, tweet, call, text, etc me. Let’s create something. Let’s do business the way it should be done. It doesn’t involve quitting your day job. It just means creating a second job that keeps the flame alive.