“Cressida has smoothed everything over in the creative department with her gesture. Praised Fulvia for what is, in fact, a really good idea, and cleared the way to continue her own on-air depiction of the Mockingjay. What’s interesting is that Plutarch seems to have no need to share in the credit. All he wants is for the Airtime Assault to work. I remember that Plutarch is a Head Gamemaker, not a member of the crew. Not a piece in the Games. Therefore, his worth is not defined by a single element, but by the overall success of the production.” -Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
Plutarch Heavensbee, strategic planner extraordinaire! I like getting big ideas from dystopian children’s novels. But seriously, this was about the deepest thing I’ve come across in the Hunger Games books. I love this idea. It can apply to everything from how you work, to how you see your role in life and all the way to how you manage your money.
Even though getting out of debt gets you caught up in the details, it’s even more challenging to move on from the details and visualize your bigger picture. For a while, you have to focus on the little stuff because that IS a part of changing the patterns and attitudes that got you into debt in the first place. But it’s not about being petty, it’s about building good automatic habits so that you don’t have to focus solely on details. Every now and then you can ask yourself, “What would Plutarch Heavensbee do? Am I still winning the game or am I just fighting to take home scraps (or not get killed in the arena)?”
I’d like to think I’m moving towards pulling the whole production off as a big success and not as worried about getting credit for my every move. But I know I get caught up in wanting credit for lots of things I do and feel like I’m spending way too much time on petty stuff. If I can remember I’m doing that, if I realize just how narrow my focus is, I can usually take a step back and reassess the situation.
What’s the goal of YOUR production? It definitely doesn’t need to be money-related (although money might help you get there!)