A Question on Above Average “Slacking”

2 years, 10 months ago

Was going to put this in my "The way I see it game" but I wanted to hear what everyone has to say about this.

Do you believe slacking is wrong if a person can still perform above average without using their full potential, or is it a just luxury?

March 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

I’ve thought about this too. I guess it depends on whose perspective you are looking at it from. It could feel wrong to the slacker for seeing others work harder than them just to keep up, or it could feel right and fair, since from their point of view they “deserve it”. I don’t believe whether this is “wrong” is a valid question simply because evaluative judgments of morality are rarely objective. Each person has to decide what is right for themselves. I often feel like I’m not utilizing my full potential, which bothers me.

Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

“Do you believe slacking is wrong if a person can still perform above average without using their full potential, or is it a just luxury?”

If by wrong you mean stupid, yes. If by wrong you mean morally questionable? No more so than the fat couch potato that lives on benefits rather than supporting himself.

Slacking is another word for being lazy and inattentive. I don’t think you’ll find many people who add credence to such things, unless they themselves adhere to them.

Profile photo of Filip Filip M (@filipek) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Honestly, there were moments in the past that I ‘wished’ I was ‘dumber’ so everything in life would not come so easy. Fortunately times changed and I am very grateful for what the universe gave me, but sometimes it is hard to appreciate life when everything comes so easily. I think in the development of a child it is the parents their responsibility to teach the children ALWAYS to strive for the most, and use your potential wherever and however you can. And with potential I do not necessarily mean getting the highest grades in school or something like that.
But yes, take from life what you can, because you are blessed being born like you are, being unique and special and being able to do what you can. Use it in a good way and why wasting it when life is so short?
Obviously it is not always easy, but at least try to go in the right direction.

To answer your question: if I could do it differently with the knowledge I have right now, I would have slacked less in my past.

Profile photo of daveb daveb (@daveb) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

considering yourself “above average” means you’re comparing yourself to everyone else. when comparing yourself to yourself, if you’re slacking you’re automatically below average, right?

if you must compare yourself to anything, compare yourself to what you know you could be. then go and be that person, instead of the slacker who looks around and says “well I’m skinnier than all these fat people, so I’m in shape”.

work hard, get shit done, then relax. then you don’t need to slack while you’re working or do stuff half-way.

Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

I have an I.Q of about 136, in high school I stood out in math, the sciences, geography, english and history, and I mean really stood out as in top 5 in my year for all except geography I was clearly number 1. I could have became anything I wanted to but I dropped out. I became a street sweeper and smoked pot for 10 years, now I’m an amateur writer.
The expectations on me are still strong by everyone, except myself, I don’t want to be anything but a writer. I wouldn’t say I’m a slacker, just that I have zero motivation for anything else. I was a slacker for 10 years before I realized I wanted to be a writer but only because I had zero motivation for everything.
There is more to it than having potential, you have to want it.

Profile photo of Pata Pata (@odjur) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Slacking is stupid and destructive is all. Not sayin its wrong or anything. Personal choice.

Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Theres nothing wrong with it if you’re content with not living up to the best of your ability. IMO forcing yourself to do shit is not any better. You still have the feeling inside that you don’t want to be doing whatever you are doing, so whatever you are forcing yourself to do will not be of any substance (or drastically worse than your potential). Also, while you’re doing whatever you’re doing with that attitude, all you’ll be thinking about is getting it over with so you can do nothing. You have to change the mental patterns that cause the laziness, not just the physical act itself. I am very lazy a lot of the time, and I think I’ve figured out that its due to being overwhelmed and panicing and not knowing what to do, so I freeze and go away and hide from reality. Getting rid of my anxiety and fears has helped a lot with my slacking.

Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Slacking is actually learned – especially for the high performing person.

You go through elementary and middle school with ease and quickly learn, in comparison to others, that you don’t need to try as hard, nor study as much to achieve the same results. I’ve heard it called, and do so my self, learned-apathy.

I was, unfortunately, a kid who succumbed to it, and having recently finished my bachelors degree in chemistry I know for a fact that I still am a slacker. Today at work I did 1 hour of actual shit for 8 hours of pay. Its not that I can’t do it (hah) its that I really have no interest in my job or the research we do. What is not mentally stimulating quickly gets swept under the carpet and I simply do the bare minimum to get by.

It is a problem for me, and I don’t doubt it always will be. However, with some ambition, determination, and stimulation, I can quickly be an incredibly productive person. In order to finish homework or study for test I must enter a mind set and put the subject matter to a relevant good use in my future or interests. Otherwise – not happening.

In short: Don’t fall into the egoist mind set that you don’t have to work hard ’cause you are a bit higher on the IQ curve than most.

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