Workplace Analogy

Singapore, Singapore
November 10, 2015 6:27pm CST
What's the difference between professional wrestling and MMA? The PERSONA and the SELL. Wrestling has big personalities. The Undertaker. The Ultimate Warrior. The Rock. Loud, colorful, iconic. On the other hand, MMA characters are much more subtle. They wear black tights. They leave as soon as the match is over. What about "sell"? Wrestling moves are all about sell. Each move must look painful and violent. MMA moves can be super subtle. Sometimes the grappler guys hug for 20 minutes before even making the next move. Sometimes we don't even notice how an armbar got applied until the other fella taps out. At work, keep your personality SUBTLE but your moves BIG. Keeping your personality small keeps you under the radar. Big personalities attract big enemies. Don't joke. Don't laugh. Just sit in your cubicle and work your own task. But keeping your moves big makes Management think that you're working hard! Work doesn't speak for itself. You gotta speak for it.
2 responses
@Rohvannyn (3118)
• United States
11 Nov 15
I was wondering the same thing. I know a professional wrestler and he always talks about it as a "show." I've also known MMA fighters. They studied real martial arts.
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
I think there are a lot of ways to succeed. I go for straight competence. Isn't professional wrestling more or less "soap operas for men"? I though MMA was "real," not just acting.