A Checklist for Timely Acquiescence

One of the more annoying things about working in a world in which the abstract concept of money reigns supreme and oils the movement of human effort, is that it is often difficult deciding when to engage and bear the burden of work, and when to acquiesce and let the gears of capitalism do its thing.

That was a long sentence.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about a simple checklist for answering such a question. When should you advocate or continue advocating for a work-related decision or goal, and when should you just shrug your shoulders, nod your head, and move on, letting others influence the course of action. Here’s a rudimentary checklist.

Does this task, goal, or decision –

  1. Lead to imminent bodily harm?
  2. Require unethical or morally repugnant actions?
  3. Fail to pay you enough to justify the associated stress and conflict?

If you answer YES to any of these, at any point in the checklist, I think it’s totally OK to step back and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this? Should I keep doing this?”