Tragedy of the Commons.

Industry Observer with Right Choice Realty

Tragedy of the Commons

As far back as I can remember my goal when it came to my job was to over achieve first and ask for a raise second. I never thought that I should be compensated first and then because I am so grateful> overachieve as a reward to the boss that was smart enough to recognize my skills in advance.    

With $15.00 hour minimum wage demands and everything is free, free, free.  What happened? Greece should have been the warning and example of what not to do as a Country and what happens when government keeps pitching benefits and cool sounding ideas to their electorate irregardless of the societal impacts and the  "unintended consequences"that may occur as a result.  

 The human condition is real, not imagined.  To get an idea of how sloppy humans can be all you need to do is read about "The Tragedy of the Commons".   As an example, the first settlement in North America was known as Jamestown and as a result of total cooperation and equal treatment vs. individual responsibily and incentive it fared miserably and many died of starvation.   Historians suggest that the collective land-holding arrangements of the colony stifled individual initiative and discouraged the sort of hard work the colony needed.  Why should a man knock himself out in the fields when he received no more food or compensation than the slacker barely working next to him?

People who are given a free ride grow dependent not independent and that is dangerous.  Personal responsibility always leaves the building when entitlement moves in.  When incentive is removed by wealth redistribution as an example, the over achievers will inevitably STOP over achieving. Why do we need to learn the same societal lessons over and over?

Where are we going with all this?  Does everyone really get a trophy?  Moreover, does everyone really deserve one?  Perhaps the real answer is that I am a dinosaur afterall.  

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J. Solloway

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Jack Solloway, President & Founder

Right Choice Realty, LLC

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Comments (9)

Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

Amen, brother.  It makes me shake my head that so many governments just don't get it. 

Jan 08, 2016 04:43 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jack- we have set the bar so low and entitlements so high, I worry!  I have no problem with compassion or helping someone, but we do them no favors by not helping them be their best. 

Jan 08, 2016 04:51 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                           Thank you Jack Solloway for my Ah-ha moment. 

Jan 09, 2016 10:37 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Jack Solloway All another valid reason why we need no longer place a career politician in charge of the National Budget. Good post!

Jan 09, 2016 08:53 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

Oh Jack, finally a breath of fresh air to clean the haze surrounding us! "When incentive is removed by wealth redistribution as an example, the over achievers will inevitably STOP over achieving."  That says it all and no, not everyone deserves a trophy!  Thank you for this post & a must read for the politicians in Washington.

Jan 09, 2016 09:00 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I can't agree any moe!  I have heard many say the same $15 an hour I will flip burgers too!

Jan 09, 2016 09:01 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm so glad Kathy shared this in her weekly favorites....I agree 100% with you so if you are a dinosaur, I am too!  LOL

Jan 10, 2016 04:46 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jack, Kathy sent me.  And no.  Everyone does not need a trophy.  Does that make me a dino too?

Jan 10, 2016 01:17 PM
Kim Johnson
Signature Realty Inc. - Coral Springs, FL
Selling South Florida

Glad I saw this on Kathy's blog! From one dinosaur to another, I completely agree with your rant!!!

Jan 12, 2016 02:49 AM