I personally struggle with line jumping. I was in the middle of my wonderful hour long commute to the office when I was cut off by someone who jumped the line of cars waiting on the off ramp. The bum could have at least waved. I learned to not jump by getting the one-finger salute in the past for speeding past the line.
Most folks agree with me and get aggravated to see someone run past and just cut in. We are taught to wait our turn in line to check out at the grocery, to get in the theater, buy a beer at a Buffett concert, or go to the restroom at a Colts game. When we see an accident, we move over and patiently wait until we are past before mashing on the gas. Most men are taught to politely wait their turn, opening doors for ladies.
Yet, in business, people who jump the line are often rewarded with notoriety, promotions, and money. We call them aggressive, go-getters, innovators, and leaders. We promote them as trendsetters, pioneers, and trail blazers. We idolize Gates, Jobs, and Buffett (different Buffett). We even makes movies about them (Think Mark Zuckerburg.)
As I approach the half century mark in my life, I am still figuring out the line jumping thing in business. If I happen to jump in front of you sometime, feel free to give me a salute.
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