Sigmund Freud summarized his worldview into two words – “Grow up.” He believed humans are alone in this world and traced most mental disorders to messed up belief systems. He believed religion was delusional. The scientific method, he believed, was to be trusted. C.S. Lewis summarized his worldview into two words as well – “Wake up!” Lewis was an atheist up until he turned 31 years old. He came to faith, according to him, by examining the evidence. His awakening drained his mind of depression and unleashed his creative spirit as reflected in his broad range of writings.
Grow up. Wake up. You decide.
Where do you do your best work? Where you are free to be who you are or where you are told what to say, how to say it, and play all nice and politically correct with fellow professionals you work alongside but never know? Let me help you out with some scientific data. According to Gallup, one of the most trusted organizations in one of the most trusted countries in the world, their research suggests that 90% of American workers do their best work outside of work. Huh? Yup, it’s true. When surveyed by Gallup, workers in our free country confirm they do their best work where they are not paid – namely for charity, for community, and for family. Why?
Because they “believe in” the purpose of the charity, community, and family; their company, not so much. What kinda company are you building, leader? One where humans open up, share vulnerability, and become One, distinct and deeply connected? Or one where humans shut up, leave their whole selves somewhere else, and just do their job. Open up or shut up. You decide. It seems obvious the choice, doesn’t it? I love the scientific method. Thanks, God, for giving it to us.
Live hard. Love harder…