I have a theory that there are four basic ways you can interact with a situation:
- Addition: You can add something to the situation, improving or enhancing it in some way.
- Multiplication: You can transform the situation by putting everything you’ve got into it, suddenly turning it into a much larger situation altogether.
- Subtraction: You can chip away at the situation, depleting it by taking something away.
- Division: You can split the situation up into smaller, less powerful situations.
It’s something to think about next time you’re in a meeting or having a conversation with someone. Instead of selfishly subtracting or deviously dividing, is there some way you can add to (or, even better, multiply) what’s happening in front of you?