Introduction to Part III – From Worship to Work
I am really excited to be starting Part III of Busting Your Corporate Idol. It’s time to write about solutions. As a quick review
Part I: Corporate Idolatry Busted is about definitions. I discovered my own corporate idolatry on Yom Kippur when I realized that the company and not my family was the most important thing in my life. There can be only one top priority, and for me the company became my top priority. It became my idol.
Part II: The Corporate Ladder Revisited examines the three factors that contribute to a lifestyle of idolatry: people, circumstances, and the overall company culture. I’ve shared the stories of people like Mary, Pat, and Harry to illustrate these dynamics in action.
Part III draws on one of my favorite books, Switch: How To Change When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath. In one sense, change is always hard. Newton’s First Law says “an object in motion will stay in motion, and an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon an unbalanced force.” So any change is going to require some work. But “hard” is relative. As Malcolm Gladwell points out in The Tipping Point, sometimes very small changes can have very large impacts.
Planets move according to laws of the universe, but people have free will. We can choose our own path. If you’ve gotten this far in the book, you are looking to make a change. And if you are still reading, I’d like to think that you’ve started to see the world in a new way.
I went from working 90 hours a week to 60 hours a week in less than a year, without changing jobs and with no discernable impact on my career. But my life got soooo much better, and it has continued to get better every year since.
Yours will too.