There are different types of people in this world. Fine, I get that… but I cannot, for the life of me, understand how people can be satisfied by utter mediocrity. How can someone lose their drive for greatness?
I’ve been walking this planet for almost 23 years now, and in that span of time, I’ve encountered five different types of people: the Doers, the Makers, the Critics, the Dreamers and those who simply don’t care.
THE DOERS. They are passionate. They are the type of people who have the energy, the hunger and the drive for change. What they lack is vision and leadership. Their energy is potential unless channeled kinetically. They want to be part of something great and are more than willing to be used in order to achieve that greatness. These are the people who are the first to lend a helping hand when tragedy strikes. These are the people who volunteer for causes that aim to make a difference. They are the manpower necessary for change to happen. They are the machinery essential to make a nation great. There are many doers in the Philippines right now. Open your eyes and you will see them in action, trying to make a difference in their own small ways. If the doers come together, they are a force to be reckoned with. What they need is a leader to follow.
THE MAKERS. They are the visionaries. They are leaders. They are idealists. They are fearless in pursuing their vision. These are the people who make things happen. They are catalysts for change. They are individuals or groups who spark causes in order to make a difference. Their weakness is that they cannot pursue their vision on their own. They must convince a multitude of doers that their cause is worth fighting for. Combined with the passion, energy and gusto of multiple doers, makers can move mountains.
THE CRITICS. They are, in my opinion, some of the most annoying creatures on earth. Critics neither do nor make. They simply criticize everything that the doers do and the makers make. When pleased, they place their stamp of approval on what has been done. When irked, they condemn the work to no end. When presented with the opportunity to contribute, they back away. Even worse than the critic is the critic without credibility. There are critics who have at some point or another proven themselves and have resigned themselves to becoming critics. They used to be either a doer or a maker. They are critics who have built their credibility. However, there are also critics who have done nothing, made nothing, and criticize everything.
THE DREAMERS. Makers without action. They stop at the vision, they stop at the ideal. They never turn these things into action. They realize that something great could happen, but are too keenly aware of the drawbacks, of what’s stopping them, and the reasons why they can’t move on to do something about it. They’re idle, though creative. Could be a doer, but if their ideals don’t match the maker’s ideals, they have a tendency to become critics. They lose focus easily. Requires a kinetic energy boost.
FINALLY… There are those who simply don’t care. They are in their self-created utopias, oblivious to the world around them. They are in their comfort zones and refuse to budge. Whether or not they see a need for change, they are unwilling to take part in catalyzing that change. As long as they’re okay, it doesn’t matter if others aren’t. Being apathetic is indeed a pathetic way to be. But there are such people.
So which one are you?