Turning the Complaint Factor Around
Now the truth is that I don't really know the percentages of our complaining versus our not complaining. In addition, it is not about whether we complain or not, but how much of our complaining leads to action. Yesterday, I spent a little time with students from a high school in Salinas. Salinas has been known for a while as a town wracked by gang violence. Grownups, school teachers and administrators, government leaders--all complain. But, what was heartwarming is that I found a cache of individuals who are doing something besides complain and some of those people are "kids"--young people, if you will. When talking with Vicki Barrone, a teacher, I remember saying that we complain about 75% of the time to which she replied, "Not me! I don't have time to complain." Then with a smile, she added, "Okay, I reduce my complaining to less than 25%." Still, she had it right. Quit your whining. Get out and do something.