Everyone has drama in their life, but not everyone has extreme drama. Just this week I dealt with people who:
Have many multiple children and all with different fathers/mothers.
Were not able to get passed an entrance test because they suffer from a FAS based learning disability
Drive a car with a smashed and cracked windshield and half of doors are colored in primer and you they have the resources to fix it.
Are engaged in drama like trying to sell furniture that’s still at their hostile and estranged ex’s house – and actually expected the ex to be complacent.
Vacillate between paranoia and threatening someone and needy enough to ask for money all within minutes.
Measure their job experiences in weeks and months and always have an excuse. “They fired me because i’m this color, or they fired me because someone else stole from the register and they blamed from me”
Constantly jump from relationship to relationship where they are always being ‘rescued’.
Yes, I know this sounds like a “you might be a redneck if…” series of jokes, but these are real examples of real people who have enough life issues that it keeps them from being effective in life. They let life happen to them and consequently rarely get it together enough to become skilled and committed to something like a professional trade.
These are the people who governement programs are structured to serve and who wind up clogging our welfare assisted living and nursing homes when they get old. This generally isn’t the profile of a Professional Individual Contributor. Let’s call this class the ‘drama crowd’ because there is always some sort of insane drama in their lives that gets in the way of things.
Often the PIC gets caught in the systems designed to manage the drama crowd. I distinctly remember one company where a new policy was that everyone has to use a time clock.. This meant sales, engineering, and marketing teams all had to clock in, clock out for lunch, and clock back in again.
The real question for the PIC is how to minimize the impact of the Drama Crowd on our lives and prosperity?