Your Ego or Your Life?

Alexander Lyadov
2 min readNov 23, 2023
Pulp Fiction (1994)

Life gets a whole lot simpler when the stakes are sky-high. The brink of disaster makes us value function over form.

Whether it’s a sinking ship, an earthquake, or a fire, the essence remains the same:

Survival comes first; the rest can wait.

So, in chaos, the real MVP is the one who:

  1. keeps their cool,
  2. knows what to do,
  3. gives clear-cut orders.

But what’s with you? Bothered by a commanding tone? Cringing at the roughness of the words? Itching to protest? Longing for more respect?

Alas, it means you haven’t quite grasped the predicament you’re in.

Otherwise, you’d willingly turn a blind eye to trivial matters:

  • Politeness is optional for a mountain rescuer.
  • Exterior is secondary for a guard dog.
  • A cardio surgeon can be an atheist or a Seventh-day Adventist.
  • A person gasping for air will take oxygen in any form.

Extreme situations test our maturity. Reality forces the proud to make a tough choice: Your Ego or Your Life.

The Wolf : Boys, get to work.

Vincent : A please would be nice.

The Wolf : Get it straight buster — I’m not here to say please, I’m here to tell you what to do and if self-preservation is an instinct you possess you’d better fucking do it and do it quick. I’m here to help — if my help’s not appreciated then lotsa luck, gentlemen.

Vincent : I don’t mean any disrespect, I just don’t like people barking orders at me.

The Wolf : If I’m curt with you it’s because time is a factor. I think fast, I talk fast and I need you guys to act fast if you wanna get out of this. So, pretty please… with sugar on top. Clean the fucking car.

Sincerely yours,

-Alexander

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Alexander Lyadov

As a business therapist, I help tech founders increase the value of their business by unlocking the potential of their personality.