Do you have Anal Fishers? You know, as friends?
I know some people who spend their time worrying about the weather and the moon phases. They think (and talk) about wind direction and water levels and water clarity. They organize their tackle boxes by color, weight, diving depth, brand, or whatever else. Their rods and reels are matched, maintained and oiled. And they could tell you the retrieve speed of all their reels and how many ball bearings they all have. Their coffee tables are covered in editions of BASS Magazine, and they always have a fishing forum open on their computer. You could eat off the floor of their bass boats, but they don’t allow their guests to bring food in them because of the crumb risk.
Watch this old SNL video. It’s hilarious.
Here’s the thing, though. They never actually go fishing. And when they do, they usually come home with some sort of overanalyzed excuse about why the fish weren’t biting. I know that you know people like this. They are more planners than doers.
It isn’t just in fishing that you find these type of people of course. That just happens to be one of my sports of choice and it makes the title funny.
This reminds me of those in business world who focus on rules, procedures and protocols instead of free thinking and creative problem solving. These people are usually employees, not business owners. When they are business owners, they do better as franchisees, since there is a set framework.
Being Anal Retentive, as Freud characterised it, or having mild Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD, not OCD) isn’t always bad for business. We may even desire these traits in some professionals. Computer programmers, engineers, and actuaries need to be precise.
What about consultants, designers, salespeople, and doctors? Would you prefer these people to be free thinking problem solvers, or rule followers? Your opinions on this probably vary. I would say that it could be situational, but flexibility is a nice skill to have when things don’t line up perfectly.
Right or wrong, I happen to enjoy working and fishing with people who just push through the problems and make it happen.