My oldest daughter is a senior in high school.  One of her least favorite kinds of assignment is the dreaded group project.  Inevitably, the somewhat random grouping of “team members” includes one or more kids who couldn’t care less and have nothing to add to the project.  In order to get a good grade, the kids who care have to carry the “team,” doing all of the work themselves.  From my daughter’s perspective as someone who cares, this arrangement is unfair.

Welcome to real life.

I work on group projects for a living.  At this point in life, the group of people I work with has been carefully selected and filtered, so the situation is not nearly as bad as what my daughter faces from time to time.

And yet, sometimes I find myself in a group that, for whatever forces of nature, includes people who do not pull their weight.  People who would rather make fluffy or convoluted statements about the nature of life and universe than make an honest contribution to solving problems.  People who would prefer to spend all of their time reading blog posts and learning what’s new in the world, rather than doing their part to produce something valuable for others.

Maybe you’re reading this post now because you’re one of them.

If you’re the kind of person who avoids honest contribution, take a moment to consider what you’re trying to get out of life and what is holding you back.

If you are frustrated by being stuck on a team with people who don’t contribute, why not say something to the people in charge.  You’re not in high school anymore.

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