Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Show Me the Right Situation

     You know, Company, that I try not to go into sports here with you because I know that you don't really like it all that much, but I have also never shied away from using sports to illustrate important points of life, since I am always having to give you life advice like the wise guru that you look to me to be.  So I am going to make a case for one of the most despised people in sports and someone else showing an ideal that is important in life.
    Cliff Lee, the most prized pitcher available in the baseball off-season signed a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, passing up larger offers from The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, in part because he had a great affinity for Philadelphia the last time he played there.  There may have been other reasons too, such as it being a place where he could win, a place where more pieces were in shape, oh, and the fact that there aren't usually 118 degree field temperatures in Philadelphia as well.  So he eschewed the money for the right fit, which is something that can't be underestimated.
     I hate to say it too, but the aforementioned "one of the most hated people in sports" Lebron James did something like the same thing.  He passed on places that would have paid him more to go play in Miami, which despite what the rest of us have said he felt was the right place for him.  Or at least his handlers thought was the right place for him.  Sorry Lebron, I had to throw a shot across your bow.  But seriously, he went where he thought was right, even though he could have been a lot of other things - included paid more - in a lot of other places.  So what have we learned from Cliff and Lebron?  Well, we have learned that there are a lot of things that are more important than the money.  There has to be the fit.
     For instance, if you are a small town sort of person, then maybe making a smaller salary in a small town will be better for you than making a boatload in Manhattan.  Sure, 100 G's a year is nice, but maybe a walk-up on the Lower East Side and a pocket full of subway tokens just isn't for you and you want to touch the third rail every day.  So why even bother then if you hate every day of your life?  Make $30,000 in a small town and be happy in your little bungalow.  Life is all about choice, and it is important to remember that taking the money isn't always the best choice.  That is why people throw away all their belongings to move to Bhutan.  It is just right for them.  That is why people turn down promotions.  It is just not right for them.  It is all a matter of perspective.  For some people the money might be the right thing.  Who knows.  The trick is to do that Lebron and more probably Cliff did: do what you think is right for yourself.

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