- April 30, 2014
Things Your SgtMaj Hates: “I’m waiting on … “
Any time a Marine is questioned on the status of a given product/mission, I always pay attention to how they respond. Their word choice can tell you more about what is really going on than the answer itself.
If they begin a sentence with: “I’m waiting on so-and-so to get back with me … “ or any variation thereof, I usually stop the conversation right away. I then proceed with a short burst of professional military education.
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Marines do not “wait on” anything. We go get things. We attack things. We take things. Contrary to popular belief “waiting” is not an action verb. Waiting doesn’t make things happen. Lions do not wait on gazelles to leap into their hungry jaws, they pursue prey.
What “I’m waiting on … “ really means is “I’m not doing a dang thing about that.” It’s an answer that forces me to compel others into action. See the picture above.
The opposite of waiting is something I read about once called initiative. It turns out this is also one of the 14 Marine Corps leadership traits. Imagine that.
Be a lion. Pursue your goal until it hangs limply in your fangs. Just don’t play with your food, ok?