There are no mission thieves. There are people who are doing things with care and attention and there are those who don’t care about what they do. In other words, there are people who are conscious and there are people who are unconscious. Even more simple: there are those who are awake and there are those who are sleeping.
Those who are sleeping are often called mission thieves on Empire Avenue, the social media game where you can add value to your online presence. These are the ones who earn eaves from clicking on a mission button without following up on what is actually requested in the mission. We often don’t know why they are not doing what is requested. We can only guess. Maybe because they don’t have time. Maybe they don’t understand. Maybe they only want to make easy eaves, the Empire Avenue’s treasured virtual currency. Whatever their motives are, they are obviously sleeping. Or clicking in their sleep.
At every purchase made on the Avenue, there is a possibility to notify the bought account holder with a tweet. The tweet is pre-programmed and says something like:
Increase your online value & reputation with @confluencemedia on #EmpireAve Stock Exchange http://www.empireavenue.com/?t=nioat3q7&s=t&sh=1363709159&mid=pp0219#.UUiMNYRRokg.twitter … via @eav_squirrel
So if that’s what Empire Avenue is all about, ‘Increase your online value & reputation‘ then why would you want to sleep there? Why would you want to risk your online value and reputation over some silly eaves? You would only do that if you don’t really value yourself. Every good action you do online or offline, adds value. This value goes into your own account. To do a good action you need to be awake. If you are unconscious of what you are doing, changes are, you are not adding value. Not to your self and not to your online reputation. You are not adding anything to your account. Even worse, when other people consider you a thief, you are stealing from your own account.
So in a way, people who click on a mission button, but don’t do what is requested, are not really stealing from those who run missions. They are stealing from themselves. Missions can’t be stolen. Period.
So what do I care? Why would I bother when people take my eaves and run? If they are only stealing from themselves, it adds up to their negative karma isn’t it? I am not here to help those that don’t want to help themselves. Instead I concentrate on those who are adding value wherever they go, whatever they do. Those are the ones that increase their online value and reputation. Those are the ones that have a high Empire Avenue score, a high Klout score, Kred score, whatever score it is that indicates that you are willing to give. Those are the ones I want to measure and surround myself with.
The clue is, that missions can’t really be stolen if you consider them as gifts. Treat missions as a platform to share your contribution to the world. Add value to the game, add value to everything you do in life. It will pay back more then trying to control who or who doesn’t do your mission.