The Scorecard

I recently read an interesting newsletter in my email. It was from Shane Parrish’s blog.

It happened that the section of the blog post to which I was drawn to resonated with the very thing I have been dealing with recently, – the Scorecard.

To quote Warren Buffet:

This is an important one to keep in mind. If we place too much emphasis on what the world thinks, we end up with an outer scorecard.

“I feel like I’m on my back, and there’s the Sistine Chapel, and I’m painting away. I like it when people say, ‘Gee, that’s a pretty good-looking painting.’ But it’s my painting, and when somebody says, ‘Why don’t you use more red instead of blue?’ Good-bye. It’s my painting. And I don’t care what they sell it for. The painting itself will never be finished. That’s one of the great things about it.”

The big question about how people behave is whether they’ve got an Inner Scorecard or an Outer Scorecard. It helps if you can be satisfied with an Inner Scorecard.

I always pose it this way. I say: ‘Lookit. Would you rather be the world’s greatest lover, but have everyone think you’re the world’s worst lover? Or would you rather be the world’s worst lover but have everyone think you’re the world’s greatest lover?’ Now, that’s an interesting question.”

This has implications if you’re a parent: What you put emphasis on matters.

“If all the emphasis is on what the world’s going to think about you, forgetting about how you really behave, you’ll wind up with an Outer Scorecard.”

I totally agree with Warren Buffet. What do you think?

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