“Don’t get caught up in your or somebody else’s foolishness”
There is a lot of foolishness taking place within organizations. Indeed, a week doesn’t go by without there being a major news story about sexual harassment, racial discrimination, overcharging/under-servicing customers, misleading shareholders, not adhering to government regulations, and the list goes on. Without exception, a lot of good people within those organizations got caught up by the actions of a few fools. Note: Foolishness does not respect title or time, wealth or work. Said differently, just because it has been going on for a long time or is being done by someone who is in a powerful position doesn’t make it right. Let me also say that no one is immune from making foolish decisions. To that point, I have come to learn that each of us is born with a dumbass gene, especially men. Don’t ever think that just because you haven’t made a foolish decision in some time means that you won’t—the gene is either dormant or in remission.
Whether you get caught up in a foolish decision you or someone else makes is based on you having two things:
Courage not to go along with something that everyone else or that someone in a very powerful/influential position is doing or wants you to do. You will catch hell when you say, “That’s wrong.” The good news is you will always be vindicated.
Self-discipline not put yourself into situations that will lower your IQ. For example, we all have at least one buddy who is a lot of fun to be around. Unfortunately, it is also that same buddy who will cause that dumbass gene to manifest itself. You have to have the discipline to say either “No, I won’t go” or “It’s time to go.” As the young kids say, “You have to know when to pull up.”
In closing, having the courage to stand up and the self-discipline to pull up will determine whether you get caught up. Strive to have momma say, “I didn’t raise no fool” instead of “That damn fool!”