We are constantly bombarded with sinful messages from all directions. Influenced by advertisers and the incessant Joneses, we regretfully covet our neighbor’s new hot tub and jet skis. No matter how much we try to stay pure, we can’t help but glance at the Maxim magazine in the grocery store checkout. And as much as we’d like to avoid the all-you-can-eat buffet, not only for our waistlines but for the future of our souls, there are just so many darn birthdays to celebrate. So what’s the modern Joe / Jane to do?
It’s easy to stay on the straight and narrow if we look to the saintly role model of Nikola Tesla. When faced with troubles, just ask yourself : what would Tesla do?
Let’s say your boss screws you over. You tell them that you can fix a major problem of theirs, one that would boost efficiency while reducing cost. Your boss tells you sure, that’s awesome. You fix that (insert problem here) and I’ll give you a nice bonus of (insert reasonable cash amount here). So you work hard at fixing this problem of theirs, putting in long hours at the shop and daydreaming about solutions while folding laundry. And your hard work pays off, you’ve done it! You’ve fixed this problem of theirs! So you approach your boss and ask him for the promised bonus, your reward for all the hard work you put in. To which… he laughs at you and tells you he was joking. Joking! Hahaha. He didn’t actually mean he’d give you that bonus he promised you, even though you kept up your end of the bargain. So you take a deep breath, close your eyes, and ask yourself – what would Tesla do?
Although you would be completely justified in egging his car, Tesla wouldn’t respond with such juvenile behavior. He would proudly resign, work hard to keep himself afloat, then go on to pioneer electricity as we know it.
But what if after you worked hard at engineering the science behind AC technology, inadvertently making it possible for you to read this article on your computer, your dimwitted and spiteful ex-boss decided to use the technology to kill innocent kittens in public demonstrations to try to disgrace the new company you’ve created? Sure, at this point you’re ready to let the air out of his tires. But what should you do? What would Tesla do?
Well, he would go on to pioneer the wireless technology necessary for you to read this article on your smartphone. He wouldn’t write anything down of course, so even though he figured out how to wirelessly power things from miles away no one will be able to figure out how to do it a century later. Then he would create a deathray.
So the next time your faced with a trying problem, close your eyes and take a deep breath and ask yourself. What would Tesla do?