How Driving A Car Will Show You How You’d Run A Company
I was sitting in my dad’s car the other day when a guy driving a truck sped down the highway passing us two cars ahead.
My dad (the genius that he is), asked me why people would do something like that?
As I listened to him provide multiple stories of this situation before, the gears in my head were turning.
I gave a pretty typical answer on the spot — the driver was buying into the illusion of progress — but there was clearly more to it.
I’d even go as far as to say that our own personality and beliefs shape how we drive.
I’ve known my mother is always an overly cautious and reserved person. She has that same mentality when driving. She avoids driving late at night and in harsh conditions.
My father, on the other hand, is more focused, perceptive, while also laid back. He spots idiotic drivers, complains about them, and drives responsibly and with skill.
Indeed, how we drive and view other drivers says a lot about personality, but we can also use this to see into how a person runs a business. Of course, there are many ways to tell how a person would run a company, but getting them behind a drivers wheel can tell potentially more.
Dominant Behaviour Seeps Into Driving
On the surface, how you drive is a reflection of your dominant personality. It’s the personality traits that are the most prominent in how you drive.
If you’re a stubborn individual, chances are you don’t let people pass you all that much. That is unless the other driver is polite about it.
Going back to my parents, my mother is an overly cautious driver. She’s always wearing a seat belt, and it’s rare for her to speed or get stopped for reckless driving. In all my years in existence, my mother has only been stopped once. It happened a few years back when the city installed the first roundabout and people didn’t know how to use it.
My father I’d place in the rebel category. He has lived his life doing his own thing despite the rules in place. He still is responsible like driving the speed limit and wearing a seatbelt, but there are times where he bends rules slightly. Things like driving with his knees, eating while driving. Typically on the highway.
But it’s those types of personalities that we’ll see outside of the car as well.
Someone who is cautious could be highly sensitive to risk and is cautious about investments or opportunities with a lot of risks.
Business rebels are looser. They have their own rules and make them clear. They’ll bend them here and there if they have to but if they have to bend too much, they’ll leave.
How You Drive Can Determine Your View Of Success
Going back to the driver that sped in front of my dad the other day, it’s easy to see that this man relishes in cheap victories. These are small victories that make the other feel good but in the grand scheme of things doesn’t amount to much.
Why some people may speed past other vehicles may be mere jealousy that you’re driving a fancier car.
I wouldn’t call my dad’s Prius fancy, but maybe this guy thought they were. It is a Hybrid after all.
Whatever the case may be, your attitude can very well determine how you see success. And even how you define it.
We all have our vision and definition of success. We know what success for us looks like and that’s what we strive for through our businesses. But deep down this can also determine how we drive.
Specifically, whether we speed past people or not.
Those who like to cut ahead enjoy the quick and rapid progress. It kind of goes back to what I said about the illusion of progress. You’re driving faster now, but you’ll need to slow down as you’ll have less fuel to work with. It shows that you’re more in it to feel like you’re moving ahead rather than being ahead.
You can even go as far as saying those who drive faster can only see the short-term gains rather than the long-term gains.
On the other hand, if you’re only passing when necessary and not out of aggression, you see success in the long-term. You know that while people are speeding past you now you’ll catch up and even pass them later. Your definition of success falls more along the lines of steady progress. You might make big leaps or small leaps, but they’re more controlled.
Driving Determines Particular Habits
Every little thing that we do speaks volumes about who we are. Of course, that personality digs into how we conduct business as I mentioned above. However, it can also say a lot about what you do with your business during the day.
Those who are speed demons and are overall reckless drivers may not be spending that much time in self-reflection. They focus on the here and now, but within the confines of their own ego.
“I’ll speed up so I can get home faster.”
“I’ll get angry if I have to wait.”
These are people who want to rush things and even pass that down to their employees. They want things done quickly or they’ll get flustered, stressed, and even a bit hostile.
They believe more in instant-gratification and that spreads in their lives, work, and their attitude in general. They don’t have time to reflect on their actions or even spend time thinking.
They’re all “go, go, go!”
But for the calmer drivers, they may be indulging in reflection. After all, you’re stuck in traffic and you know speeding up isn’t going to do you much good.
How you spend that time though is significant.
Do you listen to audiobooks?
How about music on the radio or do you have your own music?
How about speeches or podcasts?
Or do you do nothing at all and focus on the road?
These are all habits and what you pick can say a lot about your business.
Someone who reads or listens wants to stay relevant in the business. They’re more open to ideas and are generally curious individuals. The type of podcast can also suggest this too. One in your field can suggest relevancy, while different fields can suggest curiosity.
What sort of music can say a lot too. If you listen to music that pumps you up and makes you want to dance means you like to put in a lot of energy into your work. You probably pass up work that’s too draining to other people. If it’s calming music, perhaps you value deep and more meaningful things. You look for deeper meaning in various things.
There is a lot that our actions in traffic and how we drive say about how we run a business. Unfortunately, with self-driving cars eventually happening, we won’t be able to read much about people based on how they drive. It’s why it’s all the more reason now to put people behind the wheel if you really want to know them on a deeper level.