Goal Setting – Magic Fairy exercise

This is a response to an exercise launched by Dragos Roua on his blog, yesterday. Don’t worry, it’s more than a “tag”, so keep reading.

Dragos pointed out that in the bedouin and magic fairy story, unless you really know what you want, you’ll end up transformed in a toilet.

Quite similar to Johnny Bravo saying “I want the chicks to run after me” – which they did, actually. Lots of chickens chased Johnny Bravo.johnny_bravo-show

The purpose of Dragos’s exercise is to make us (yes, me and you too) think about our own understanding of the exercise.

My add on it

There’s a nice story about three employees who find the magic goldfish. (Ironically enough, we do have an aquarium with two goldfishes at work, but I never heard them speak).

The magic goldfish grants them three wishes all together.
The first one says “I want to be on the beach, surrounded by beautiful women”
The second one says “I want to have a big house and lots of money”
The third one, who’s also the boss, says “I want both of these pricks back here by lunchtime.”

The morale? Let your boss have his objectives first, before you speak out.

The big picture first

Really. That’s a proven thing.
Yes, be bold and fearless, and make your point, and be consistent afterwards – but first, check for the framework.
What does the boss want? More specifically, what is the bigger objective that you’re part of? What’s the business strategy? Do you even fit in? Does YOUR bigger picture fit in?

This applies also to those people who do not have a boss. Entrepreneurs, anyone?
How many times did you design your vision, or had a brilliant marketing idea, and only AFTERWARDS did a market research to see if the market supports it?

That’s right. Check for the big picture first, see if the environment supports what you have to ask for.
Then the goldfish will do its job.

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  • Alex Guta
    April 12, 2010

    My story was like this:
    Some time ago I quit my job for a personal project. I risked a lot (money, time, career) and lost because of an unfavorable environment. Lesson learned :)

    Then I did it again: another personal project (ongoing at this point). This time I analyzed the environment first (the big picture) and I know I don’t fit! In spite of this I still continue risking the same things as the first time: money, time, career.

    How would you comment this situation? :D:D

  • Maria
    April 13, 2010

    I like it! It shows either a.recklessness or b.another reason behind your drive.
    Since you yourself said you’ve learned your lesson, I assume recklessness is not one of your traits. So, then, what’s your hidden reason for persisting?

  • Alex Guta
    April 25, 2010

    hmmm… it may well be considered a hidden reason if you can name it the desire to change my life, to do something consistent with it :)

    I was actually expecting an answer related to the middle age crisis, stupidity etc :):)

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