You probably remember from high school that Newton presented three laws to explain the impact of motion on physical objects and systems. Recently, I was reminded of his third law, and it got me thinking.
Newton’s third law reveals that when one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body. In other words, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Think about a cue ball and how it stops and recoils slightly when it strikes the ball you’re aiming for—such as the eight ball.
Now, think about your interaction with other people over the course of your day. Sometimes you’re the cue ball, initiating the action, and sometimes you’re the eight ball, reacting. We have dozens of daily interactions, and there are times when Newton’s first law is necessary to enact—those times when an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity unless acted upon. These are the times when you need to be the cue ball.
It’s best not to have too many eight ball people in your life (those who are at rest and are only activated when acted upon).
It’s far better to surround yourself with a team that does not require an opposing force at all, but is drawn forward by a vision that creates its own velocity and momentum—a pull versus a push.