“The Wheels,” Single (1981) by John Lennon
People say I’m crazy doing what I’m doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I’m o.k. well they look at me kind of strange
Surely you’re not happy now you no longer play the game
Ah, playing the game at work: Be there before your boss and stay a few minutes later…Smile at people who drive you crazy.
If you are prepared, focused and achieve consistent results, stay true because playing the game will become secondary.
People say I’m lazy dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I’m doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don’t you miss the big time boy you’re no longer on the ball
The Big Time: Where you can have a vague title, go to lengthy meetings that achieve little, and be cc:d on hundreds of CYA emails.
It’s not about your title or making sure you’re covered; it’s about what you do, how you do it and the results you achieve. Focusing on trivial things adversely impacts productivity and your well being.
Ah, people asking questions lost in confusion
Well I tell them there’s no problem, only solutions
It’s easy to point fingers and focus on problems. Force yourself to offer potential solutions whenever you mention a challenge or weakness.
Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I’ve lost my mind
I tell them there’s no hurry
I’m just sitting here doing time
You can play the “Hurry Up and Wait” Game–deadlines are set, people rush to complete tasks and the person in charge puts things on hold to avoid making a decision. Or set clear goals and expectations on the front end to make decision making easy.
I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go
Be genuine, focus on what’s really important, play to your strengths and let go of the nonsense.
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