So when you’re thinking about sending that next Tweet or posting something funny on Facebook, think of Dorothy Gale (of Kansas) and apply some of those good old mid-western values.
Apply the four-pronged Wizard of Oz test:
1) Have you used your brain? Remember, the scarecrow didn’t really learn new facts after he met the Wizard, he simply came to appreciate the value of what he already knew. He gained wisdom. Before you blast something onto the Internet on behalf of your company (or yourself), think through how it reflects on you. If you won’t be proud of it tomorrow, don’t do it today.
2) Are you speaking from your heart? The tin man said he knew he had a real heart because he felt it breaking. Are you putting forth ideas that you really agree with and stand behind? Your heart is more than just a pump in your chest … it’s where you passion lives. Be sure you’re being true to it.
3) Do you have courage? My favorite character was the cowardly lion because he revealed to me, an impressionable child when I first saw the Wizard of Oz, that being brave doesn’t mean you’re never afraid. The fact that you might risk something by telling the truth doesn’t mean you shouldn’t, it means your should take great care and be sure you’re on the right side of the argument.
4) Will this get you home? When you’re opining for the world to review, is this going to advance your cause and do something constructive? Are you working toward a goal, advancing a mission? Unlike Dorothy, clicking your heels together probably won’t transport you to where you’re trying to go. You’re just gonna have to put one foot in front of the other, link arms with your best friends and follow the yellow brick road.
Oh, and one more thing … about the yellow brick road — you surely noticed that when Dorothy meets the scarecrow, it’s at a crossroad — an apparent intersection where the yellow brick road goes in every direction. Did you ever think about that? If you’re with your friends, doing what you believe in, acting with courage and integrity and using your head, the road of opportunity lies before you in every direction.