It’s not dodge ball, but it reminds me of it! Stay with me, you’ll get it too!
We’re on our final day of reviewing Michael Gerber’s E-Myth Mastery. In a couple chapters he talks about wrestling with a stranger and the purpose of purpose. So, let’s look at the wrestling with a stranger option first. What happens when someone wrestles? It is physical, hard and challenging. Each move you do, there is often a counter move the react – and with that counter move, comes another move from you. Why would one want to wrestle? To challenge themselves? To know they are the best in the circle? Why wrestle in business? So you can defeat someone? Or so you can become stronger? Find someone to wrestle with in your ideas, so that you can come out of the circle stronger! Find the counter moves that can take you down and learn what you can react with. This doesn’t come easy. Don’t find someone who can be easy on you, find someone who will challenge you, even possibly defeat you in the match.
What is the purpose of that?! What is the purpose of possibly being defeated? It is where you will be tested the most. It is where you will be challenged the most, just like in business and in your passions. People often tie their passions with a purpose? I share Gerber’s ideology that passion is separate from purpose, but it is understandable that people end up linking the two. We need purpose in what we do, to determine if it is cost effective, reasonable or even just. So when we spend time on our passion, we decide we must find a purpose for it. But do we?
And now, dodge ball – it’s a game – a simple game. It is a challenge and often an unfair challenge, depending on your team. Like many games, what is the purpose? What is the return on investment for it? What is the reason we play the game? Because at the end of it we are different. Not extremely, unless you’ve been able to win the Dodge ball championships which are aired on ESPN – the Ocho. But you are different afterwards. You have been challenged in the game and you have more than likely enjoyed the experience. Could be purpose for dodge ball really is as simple as this: it was a way to enjoy the time?
Could the experiences you seek, be as simple as a good way to enjoy the time? Could your entertainment be as simple as that? Chances are those who you entertain are looking to pass the time. They are looking for you to challenge them in forgetting the challenges of the day and just find a good way to pass the time. Chances are those who you entertain are looking for you, to be their dodge ball.
Ready? Dodge ball!