Know When To Bend ‘Em, Know When To Break

I hope to inject a bit of fun while still making a point about adhering to the rules today, so with apologies to Kenny Rogers, this can be sung to the tune of The Gambler.

On a typical Tuesday at a job bound for nowhere
I met up with a guru. We were both too bored to care.
We took turns complaining about the rules that confined us
Inspiration overtook him and he began to speak

He said, “Son, I’ve made a living working at soulless corporations
Knowing how to get a paycheck with barely any work.
If you don’t mind me sayin’ you’re a frustrated go getter.
For a cup of your coffee I’ll give you some advice.”

So I handed him a new mug with the last of the java
The way he held his eyes told me to brew a new pot
The room got spooky quiet his face became more human
He looked me dead in the eye and he began to speak

He said, “If you’re gonna’ make a difference, boy,
you better learn to do it right.

You gotta know when to bend ’em, know when to break ’em
Know when to follow ’em because they did ’em right
You never accept rules lightly when you work for the man
Make him explain them that they’re just and right

Every winner knows that the secret to thrivin’
Is knowin’ which to ignore and knowin’ which to keep
Cause every job’s a winner and every job’s a loser
The best that you can hope for is making’ your team soar.”

When he finished speaking he drained the rest of his coffee
Turn off his laptop and walked tall out the door

Somewhere at a business that guru, he’s still speaking
In his words of wisdom is a gem you need to keep

You gotta know when to bend ’em, know when to break ’em
Know when to follow ’em because they did ’em right
You never accept rules lightly when you work for the man
Make him explain them that they’re just and right

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