The Self Destructive Tendencies of TMI- 4
“He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a broken-down city without a wall~ AFV (Prov 25:28)
One day, in one of the states in Nigeria, a site supervisor took some workers to site for construction work and left them and went to the bank. On getting to the bank there were network challenges so the banking operations that day was slow. To make matter worse, some of the workers had finished their task and were waiting for payment.
His continuous delay made them restive as they soon became very impatient and started disturbing him with calls. He eventually got the money and started rushing back to the site to settle the bills. On his way, the man who had been very helpful in placating the aggrieved labourers called again to get an update as to the whereabouts of the supervisor.
“I am already close to you guys” he began. “As I told you in the afternoon, the network was terrible at the bank that is the only reason for the delay, but tell them to wait for me, I am almost there. I don’t know why they are being impatient, they should know by now that I don’t owe”.
In about ten minutes, he alighted from the taxi and took a bike from the junction that the taxi stopped him, straight to the site. The labourers heave a sigh of relief when they saw him, finally, their wages for the day’s job will be paid. They all formed a semi-circle around him waiting for the payment to commence when a car drove to the site, it was the taxi driver that dropped him a moment ago at the junction.
“What did he forget in the car to have warranted the man to trail him to the site?” He thought. He did not need to think long as the four men in the taxi came down with locally made guns and robbed all of them. They took the mobile phones of everyone at the site and the money he had withdrawn from the bank to pay the workers.
How did the driver know he had money with him? Your guess is as good as mine!
Every day, someone somewhere endangers himself or herself by the release of too much information.
Well, you might say it just happened that these ones ‘mistakenly’ spoke out amid ‘harmful people’, because you have been guilty of the same ‘TMI’ syndrome with no repercussions. It’s not in every case that the danger plays out immediately. You might have attracted envy, jealousy, and different degrees of friendly enemies to yourself without you realizing.
Why do people give too much information and how can it be curtailed?
That will be considered as we round of the series in the next article.
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Attitudinal & Behavioural Coach (ABC)
Author: The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader.