Kane Williamson is the captain of the New Zealand cricket team and widely considered to be one of the best cricketers in the world today. He’s 29, which is relatively young in cricket terms, and has already scored more than 6000 runs. He’s done that at an average of more than 51 runs per innings. Only the best of the very best finish their career with an average of more than 50 and he’s pretty likely to do that.
What has Williamson got to do with your need for intense concentration and your co-worker’s cacophonous jewellery? Actually, not a great deal. I mention him because of the chewing gum.
There’s a wonderful video of Williamson batting against South Africa in Wellington. He’s just hit a four and in the replay they don’t focus on the shot – instead, the camera focuses on his head and you can see him blowing and popping a big bubble while facing a ball bowled by a man known to send them down at almost 150 kilometres an hour. Not just before or just after – as he’s playing the shot. A beautiful shot, at that.
My point is, there is evidence of people working under difficult conditions and under intense pressure who blow chewing gum bubbles and achieve excellent results. In short, you have Kane Williamson to fall back on.
Is there similar evidence of great feats being accomplished while a person is voluntarily wearing six kilograms of loose metal around their necks and making a noise like an industrial-strength wind chime? Possibly in textbook on Ancient Egypt somewhere – I don’t know.
In summary, thanks to cricket you have the moral high ground here and you should feel comfortable asking your workmate to avoid wearing a percussion instrument into the office every day.
Clinking colleague? Monstrous manager? Odorous office?
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