It's doubtful any person alive today has actually ever shot "fish in barrel", but it's very likely that you've had an itch to shoot crabs in a bucket. Confused? That's natural. As was I, so let me explain....
The idea is that when you throw a bunch of crabs in a bucket, all of them will try to climb out. In doing so, they only end up pulling each other back down into the bucket, preventing any of them from reaching the top. The connection has been made between crabs in a bucket and office environments for decades.
I think it also extends to other areas of life, outside of the workplace, and when it comes to most of our relationships. John Maxwell describes this as "the elevator principal". Every person you come in contact with has the ability to either lift you up, or bring you down. As do you and I. Another analogy is that we each have a bucket (this one being crab-less), and this bucket is full of water. Every interaction you have gives the other individual the opportunity to either add water, or subtract water.
So why would you want to shoot crabs in a bucket? Because they, whether knowingly or unknowingly, refuse to allow others around them to succeed and reach the top. We all know misery loves company, but those of us seeking success can't stand the negative nay-sayers of the world, and there's times we'd rather see them belly up next to a side of melted butter.
Its been said that five years from now we will be an accumulation of; the books we read; the programs and seminars we listen to or attend; and the people we surround ourselves with. In order to achieve and accomplish more we must distance ourselves from these complaining crustaceans. Some of you may be in a position where you simply have no other option but to interact with crabs on a regular basis, say at your workplace.
You have two options: help them get better, or you get better. Only you can decide how much you're willing to invest in another co-worker. If you feel that by attempting to transform this crab into an angel fish, you'll help better the company, as well as feel good about helping someone, then go for it! If you feel you'd be taking away from what you should be doing, or that they're not willing to change themselves anyway, get to shooting! Not literally, of course.....just focus your energy and efforts on yourself, and continuing to improve your skill-sets and attitude.
We need to be aware of who we're surrounding ourselves with, outside of work as well. There may be people in your life, going nowhere, and are perfectly content being bottom-feeders the rest of their lives. Let them do that, let them be. But do not allow them to throw their anchor into your ship. They're not going to take much satisfaction in your accomplishments anyway, and as difficult as it may be, it will be better for you in the long run to just cut bait.
Ok, so it's way too early in the morning for me to be craving seafood. Is it weird that I'm wearing a bib as I type this? Sure, shooting fish in a barrel is suppose to be easy, but shooting crabs in a bucket is much more rewarding. Happy hunting!
In no way is this meant to be "preachy".....I write this for me, because I can internalize it when I write it, read it and share it. If you take anything at all from any of this, I'm glad I shared