Bakers vs. Eaters

An eater is a person who sees a pie, and says “I want to eat as much of that pie as possible”. The pie is a finite thing, so “what I eat, someone else doesn’t eat. What someone else eats, I don’t eat. I need to eat as much as possible.”

A baker, on the other hand, see the world as a potential for baking MORE pies and baking BIGGER pies. A baker believes that a rising tide floats all boats.

Bakers are more trustworthy. They make it so that everybody can win.

What do you do: bake or eat? Tell us in the comments below, we want to know why!

Big thanks to Guy Kawasaki for this analogy, and for helping enchant the world. Guy is the author of Enchantment: The art of changing Hearts, Minds and Actions. I have read this book, courtesy of Sam Dalton (thanks!) and it has been my favourite book this year – let me know if you would like to borrow it before you buy it.

2 Comments to “Bakers vs. Eaters”

I’m a baker who eats! – I like to make the pie that I’m planning on eating as large as possible, even if that means giving some of that pie away to those who help make it bigger.

On you statement “Bakers are more trustworthy”, I’m not so sure, I know lots of bakers who can only bake one style of pie and therefore inform all the eaters that this is the kind of pie they want.

Other than that, we all just want to get Fat!!

August 10, 2011 Reply

I’m not sure I agree that everyone “wants to get Fat”. There are many people, a lot of whom I have come across, that have little motivation to make any money or take – but are wholly motivated by changing the world.

But good point, Bakers, I think, are allowed to be eaters ;) Thanks for the comments Simon :D

August 11, 2011 Reply

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