After years of sweating “making a difference” in the world, Abe Johnson decided to just throw in the towel. He gave up.
“I decided I wasn’t going to try so hard anymore. It was too much work. Furthermore, I am exhausted!”
Apparently, so too were his friends and business associates.
“Abe is a nice guy, but, above all, he is so draining being around,” said one of his friends who wished to remain anonymous. A business colleague added, “Above all, his seriousness and intensity would simply suck the life out you!”
“Worst of all was the constant LinkedIn postings with all these banal inspirational affirmations he’d post every single day,” said a co-worker. “There’s so much of that nonsense already on social media. The job of Tony Robbins has already been taken by, yup, Tony Robbins!”
Abe recently internally personalized the sentiments of the NY Times bestseller, “The Fine Art of Not Giving a F*ck!”
Abe said, “The book was a typical business book in that all you need to know is in the title.” For that reason, Abe adopted that strategy.
“I must admit,” said a high school friend, “I am no longer cringing when I see him coming toward me. He’s actually easy being around today. He’s a changed man!”
“His brow is no longer constantly furrowed, and I’ve actually seen him spontaneously laughing a few times recently,” said his current manager. “Due to reduced stress from not having to come up with those LinkedIn posts and the harsh and constant judging of others he was doing to make himself feel good about himself, he’s becoming a joy having around!”
“I’d even say he’s become an outright inspiration!” said his current fiancée who had held off saying yes to matrimony due to his constant and fatiguing heavy-handedness.
“I didn’t want to marry a heavy does it kind of guy,” she said, adding, “his relaxed, yet confident demeanor makes everyone around him better! Everyone loves him these days.”
The irony here is that Abe now makes a difference. Seems like, all he had to do was stop trying.