Manipulating Responsibilities

Responsibilities come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re an older brother watching over your younger kid or a breadwinner that supports your family, duty and obligation are one of those things that will not disappear no matter how much you try and run away from.

When you cross over that fine line between being a kid and being an adult, it isn’t the amount of things you’re responsible for that defines your level of maturity, it is often how committed you are to fulfilling your what you’re tasked to do that shows what kind of a person you are. As a general rule, most people will try and skimp out on as much responsibility as possible without looking like they are lazy. If given a chance, most people rather have their work done by others than doing it themselves.

For people resourceful enough to know what they are looking for, this gives them the opportunity to use situations like this as leverage in the workplace. You can use situations like this to gain access or information to things that aren’t usually shared around the water cooler. If that doesn’t work, at worse they can owe you a favour, which isn’t always reliable, but can often come in handy when you least expect it. At the end of the day, a smart person can use this to put one leg up in whatever they are trying to accomplish. It makes you look better and people know you as the go-to guy whenever they need things done, something that’s kinda handy when they are looking to see who gets the next promotion.

Of course, there is always a catch. Never bite off more than you can swallow. If you take on too much work, you’re more liable to miss deadlines or fail them completely, looking like a failure and weakening your power base. So it’s one of those things you have to know how to balance with skill. Do too little and you don’t stand out from the people you work with. Do too much and you’re just setting yourself up to be everyone’s scapegoat.

It’s the little things like this that make the difference between someone who spends the rest of their life working the same 9-5 job each day and someone who will eventually sit by the beach sipping mojitos and still be earning money. At least that’s what I’d like to think. Regardless of where I am, it’s always worked its magic. That’s the closest thing to saying that its never failed me yet.

One thought on “Manipulating Responsibilities

  1. Doing favors and taking on extra responsibilities have gained me some friends at work that I would otherwise never have, given my shy personality and need for privacy.

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