Being Fair in an Unfair World

Posted by M ws On Saturday, May 4, 2013 0 comments
Recently, I came across this blog post which is so relevant to Malaysia.


Look under. Look over. Look up. Look down. Look around. What do you see? All around us, we find unfairness. We live with it at home, work, play, school…everywhere. Life is never fair. Regardless of who we are or what we do, unfairness finds us-it does not discriminate.Here’s why. The free choices that we make affect not just us but others. Their choices do the same. Then add randomness and uncertainty into the system, and the world becomes very unpredictable. That’s simply how our universe works. However, while this presents immeasurable difficulties it also creates an interesting and challenging place to live.

Doing all the right things, only to have an unforeseen event affect the outcome is frustrating. Having to abide by leaders who have no business leading is demoralizing. Being born to lousy parents is a cruel twist of fate. Never seeming to find the “right” person to spend one’s life with is tragic. Being betrayed by someone you trusted can make your blood boil. All of these situations are examples of life’s unfairness. It’s true that we can never completely eliminate unfairness, but we certainly can do our part to minimize its impact.

Counseling others to accept that life is unfair is a role all leaders need to play. Much of the frustration at work has unfairness at its core. When we begin to take these things personally, we lose objectivity and risk making poor decisions. Wasting time brooding about untenable situations adds no value. Let the competition do that, to their own detriment. We must instead learn from the experience and forge ahead. Helping others to accept that life is unfair, and moving forward anyway, is one of the most important gifts a leader can give.

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