Today I am at a very informative conference. I also am very aware that there is always a need to both trust and verify. I am sure you know what I mean. Sellouts, we all have personal experiences with this and we have heard of countless anecdotal experiences. The broad definition of a sellout is someone who betrays a cause for personal advancement. Now this means that the person must have control of the situation and their advancement can be personal, ego, monetary, security or like objects. We will stick to business here versus personal investigations, at the same time remembering that business gains can lead to great personal and social gains outside of business.
- The Conformer – this type of sellout is one who is hired by an organization because of fame or notoriety they have earned for themselves as related to a certain cause. They are then put in a situation to use their fame and or trust to push the company position and they knowingly do so even though they know the position is false and harms the cause that they worked for in their past career.
- The Exploiter – this type of sellout builds a career in a specific space and then uses this to extort “reward’ from people in that space for positive mention or coverage regardless of negative impact that their promotion will produce. Their main goal is personal gain.
- The Entitled – this type of sellout believes that they have worked hard enough in a cause and because of that they are now they are entitled to cash in on it and that it is time for someone else to suffer. They take cash and fabulous prizes while the whole time believing that they have suffered so much that they deserve it. While they work in the space they no longer work their belief system but someone else’s regardless of the harm that it does to a cause.
- The Guilty – this type of sellout is a special case, they are ones that have some success or fame just by luck (or unearned gift) and they look at everyone else to be like them and thus unworthy. This twisted belief leaves them to lash out against all in the cause, believing that everyone else must be less then deserving as this sellout views themselves that way.
- The Money – this type of sellout is one that is given control in an organization and with this control they begin to corrupt the cause of the organization to line their own pockets in every way.
- The Helpless – this type of sellout deems themselves helpless and harms a cause that they believe in or know it to be needed/true because they fear the loss of their position if they speak up.
- The Just Wrong – this type of sellout is one that uses the rules of the game that were intended to aid the less advantaged to profit from those rules while knowingly harming the less advantages with bold assertions of how great they are for helping the same.
This is just a short list but there are some things to think of here and they are important to consider as you look to choose your next position, potential promotion, community group or outreach position.
We are in the middle a great period of change in the USA and perhaps the world. People are standing up for their causes but as we do so we have to be very careful, we need to spot sellouts! So the next time you are at a rally, conference or a unconference you must be open to follow the money and motive. Look to the speaker do they practice what they preach and what is their gain? It is amazingly easy to spot a Sellout! What is sad is the disappointment you experience when you know the sellout & remember them before the time that they sold-out…