Corporate America is the High School of adulthood.
And I will tell you why.
You have your jocks that frequent the gym and hit on every piece of pussy that comes their way. You have the mean girls who huddle around and gossip about everyone else, including each other. You have the weirdos who say inappropriate things at just the right moment. You have the loners who don’t want to be bothered by anyone else because they realize that it’s not High School, it’s a damn job.
If you think about the earliest learned behavior we all encounter it’s how we’re socialized as kids. Who we believe is worth our time to speak with due to our own preconceived notions of what is and isn’t cool invariably breaks down to our own perceptions.
As children we are taught how to either lead the crowd, be a part of the crowd, desperately want to please the crowd or say Fuck The Crowd! We all have belonged to one of these groups and ultimately we either stray from these groups as we get older or unconsciously remain a part of these groups for our entire lives.
Have you ever met someone who is ridiculously immature? A lot of times it’s not that the person is acting childish, it’s just in their nature to act that way because developmentally they are missing something that they should have learned as they matured.
Some people learn their roles in society early in life and become complacent with what they have to offer. They never want to move beyond who they are perceived to be so they never aspire to be more than what everyone else sees. It’s not a good or a bad thing but it is one of those things that can place you inside of a box that’s hard to escape from when you allow other people to define who you are.
Conversely, though, it’s also in Corporate America where people can become something completely different than what they are perceived to be in their home lives. The holier-than-thou office gossip may be a lonely, sad whore during the weekends. The office brownnoser may be undermined and disrespected inside of a house with a spouse, three kids and a dog. The office ladies man may be an insecure drunken loser when he’s off the clock. They make strides to be something other than what they truly are when they’re outside of their homes because their home lives are unsatisfying. So they become what they wish they could be to escape the sad reality of what they will always be.
Just a thought.