I tend to be a Nobody, what about you?
Now let me preface this that though I’m Greek by birth, this doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that Odysseus told Polyphemus his name was ‘Nobody’ (OK maybe a bit – alright Google it but then come right back ), but rather this story about four people:
You see, there were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. Now it happened to be that there was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Now if you’ve not already done so, go back and read it again slowly. We’ll wait…
Next we’ll have to wash away the humor and similarity with the above and “Whos on first” from Abbott and Costello – be honest you see yourself there correct? More importantly you see others you deal with at home, work, you name it.
Now I used to be a medic so imagine if you will someone injured, let’s say a small innocent child, alone and scares as people pass by the child. Throngs of people… Now the challenge for you is not to be Somebody that gets angry even though it’s Everybody’s job to do something. Everybody was certain that Anybody would call 9-1-1 or comfort that child. Nobody realized that since Everybody wouldn’t do it they should and must, inevitably getting grief from Somebody.
Every once in a while I hear my name when people say somebody fixed this, reported that, did this and though there’s no recognition I’m OK with that. I am quite proud to be Nobody as much as I can be. I’ve gotten IT projects completed, work chores and last minute presentations for business groups and teams because of that fact. What about you?