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Inaction Is Action

Posted on : 22-04-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing, personal development

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You may have heard of the saying ‘At times, the best action to take is by not taking any action at all’. Inaction is a form of action.
Well, the above saying is what I would term being oblivious to your surroundings or just let things be at it is for the simple fact that you can’t change things or that the more you try to address something by taking action the worst it becomes.

This sort of mentality is prevalent in office politics. I have to admit though sometime you really need be passive and not take action even though you know for the sure fact that you are equally guilty for not taking action. Sometimes it does not pay even if you do the right thing.

I am not liberty to quote names here. Well, in the company that I worked for, you get to be responsible for highlighting any issues that you brought up in the meetings even if it is not within your area of scope work. For instance, you may highlight a problem during the meeting. The boss expect you to suggest a recommendation to address the issue and before you know it, you are assigned the task to fix it!

There is the herd mentality where you adopt the wait and see attitude. You just wait for someone to take the first action before you join in and follow suit. As the saying goes, don’t try to be a hero because hero die young.

I don’t deny the fact that some people gets promoted because they don’t wait for others and they don’t wait to be told what to do. They take actions to remedy situations before it gets out of hand. I truly admire such good personality and attitude.

The way I see it, it all depends on who you work for, the culture and environment of when and where you are. If you are your own boss, particularly if you are an online business entrepreneur then it is imperative you take actions at the soonest opportunity to address any issues that may impact your business. Don’t wait until it is too late to take actions.

It is a different story when you work for others in the corporate world. You have to observed the culture of the company, the department and even your boss and peers working style. Sometime it is better to stay low profile and not take any actions unless it is something that involves your job security at stake. In summary, inaction is mostly being irresponsible but sometimes you just can’t help it. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat the crowd, join the crowd.

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