Common Sense: You Can't Have it Both Ways

I'm convinced there are two types of people in this world: victors and victims.

Society likes victors, but it doesn't have much use for victims.

It's cruel, but it's real. Very real.

We like people who get the job done and don't have much use for people who do not. I've prattled on quite a bit about this subject, how I have little use for people who blame other people for their own mistakes.

Take this stock market slide of late, you can blame Alan Greenspan and I have. You can fault lousy brokers and I have. You can even blame media talking heads, like myself. And you have.

But let's face it, when push comes to shove, we push the button. We buy those high-flying Internet stocks. We love it when they go up. We're rightly ticked when they do not.

But here's one thing I don't like about this victim nonsense: people who want it both ways. They take all the credit when things are going well, but they shift like crazy when they do not.

Well, listen my friends, the shift has hit the fan. And I say enough.

Just this past weekend Cisco Systems' John Chambers was bemoaning the weak economy for at least another three-quarters of lousy sales. Just last week, Sun Microsystems' boss Scott McNealey was telling me the Fed has put him and his company in a box.

Fine, so why didn't you guys say the strong economy helped you on the way up?

Now I admire both these fellows a lot, but me thinks they doth protest too much.

Me? I could tell you the fact this show's ratings have doubled over the last year is all me. Fact is, it's all Fox: the whole network's on fire and I'm benefiting from it. Now don't get me wrong, I keep telling my boss Roger Ailes that I'm the guy making that happen. But he knows that's "not entirely" the case. My boat is hitched to this boat. McNealey's and Chambers' to this economic boat.

Just say it.

Because the real measure of greatness isn't how we handle things when they're great, but how we deal with things when they're not so great.