The Marvel Villain, Thanos, in the movie Avengers: Infinity War, is an interesting personality. He seems to believe that life in the universe needs some form of correction. He was quoted saying, “The Universe is finite, its resources finite, if life is left unchecked, then it will cease to exist…”
So, what was his solution? Wipe out half of all life. He said, “When we faced extinction, I offered a solution…(genocide) random, dispassionate, fair between rich and poor alike and they called me a mad man. But what I predicted came to pass…”
Now, at this point, I bet you are probably thinking that I am a geek or something but I want you to capture the main point; Thanos was a strict adherent of what Denis Waitley calls the Win- Lose philosophy. He seems to believe that there is not much room in the Universe for all of us. That the resources out there are scarce and therefore, only a few gifted people deserve the prestige that life can afford. Pretty crazy right?
Surprisingly, that’s how most of us are raised. We are brutally made alive to the fact that in this world of ‘my way is the right way’, there are a few Jobs out there for the many of us. Hence, the misconception of competition, which I mentioned in my previous post, is triggered.
From a purely economic point of view, I think there’s some merit to the Win-Lose philosophy. After all, not all of us can afford some, if not all, of the luxuries of life.
But I beg to differ.
Human Beings, like no other creatures, are endowed with in-born abilities to lead. Yes, that does mean every one of us.
The difficulty lies in our inability to see the ‘Natural Resources’ that are in every person.
Denis Waitley put it like this, ‘Losers see a problem in every solution, Winners seek a solution in every problem, while Double Winners help others solve their problem.’
Leaders are the only people on the planet that can see solutions in other people. They don’t have to necessarily bring out the solution but they act as catalysts in facilitating its existence in the real world.
There comes a time in every person’s life when they have to choose between their ego and solving a problem. Leaders always choose the latter over the former. You would be surprised how rare that kind of decision-making is!
“I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors, and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.”Abraham Lincoln- 16th President of The U.S.
Now, right there above, is a true leader talking.
Most of the time, especially in the political arena, self-proclaimed leaders would rather please their own egos at the expense of a solution. Even at National level, some politicians would rather see hundreds upon hundreds of people perish than use an opposition party’s solution to a problem. True leadership is intolerant to such ideals.
In my next blog, I will tackle my final analysis of the Double-win and hopefully will inspire a few readers to impact those closest to them. I believe that the principles depicted in this book are indispensable to self development. It’s only in the application of these virtues can one truly lead.