Get Your Piece of the Pie, Give Assertiveness A Try!
In economics, we learn about what's called the economic problem, which is the economy has limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants of humans. There's no question we all have desires, dreams, and wants. We want to have a happy, stable life, a home, a car, a bike, a boat. We need food to eat and clothes to wear. Aside from the material we want self-actualisation, safety, security, and mental and physical health. It's clear to see in search of wants in the economy there are winners and losers, some can gather more than others.
If the resources in the economy are one big pie, I believe assertive and aggressive people are taking the lion's share. Assertive people, I imagine do so ethically and respectfully, ensuring the rights of others are not affected. Aggressive people may be munching on the pie at the expense of those around them. Either way, they are getting a fair chunk of the pie. So where does that leave passive people?
Passive people, in my opinion, are left with the scraps. They are pleased that everyone around them is satisfied and fulfilled because they don't believe or know how to get their share of the pie. There are plenty of resources to go around, and my argument is that assertive and aggressive people are enjoying more of the pie than passive people. They are enjoying more money, less stress, and many other aspects of the "pie" that lead to greater fulfilment in life.
My argument here is not about hoarding or fighting over resources. I believe there is plenty to go around. If a passive, and even aggressive people can embrace assertiveness, there will be more opportunities opened to them.
So how do we access a greater piece of the pie? Being assertive means being proactive, and when you are proactive, you put the work in necessary to earn the piece of the pie. When you're proactive you engage in study, start a business, network, and create opportunities for yourself to earn a greater share of the pie, the rewards of life. Being passive leaves you on the back foot and the goal is to be on the front.
There are rules to play by in the economic system we have. I believe playing by those rules is an assertive way of operating. Recognising the rules, why they are in place, and following them, in my opinion, is acknowledging the rights of others and respecting them. Laws and rules connect to how we treat each other. When we play by the rules, we level the playing field and recognise the right for everyone to succeed.
There are many who play the game better than others; I would call these the more assertive types. They keep within the boundaries of the law and work with the economic system to acquire more of the pie. This is when work ethic, drive, networking and setting goals is important; having a vision for the future and planning to make the goal a reality.
Passive people of the world, you can have more of the pie. There is plenty out to go around. It won't fall in your lap. You must go out and get it. If we don't ask, we won't receive. We can't expect the world to read our minds about what we want.
If you're looking for more of the pie, give assertiveness a try!
Assertive Life 2016-10-24