Feb 1, 2013
The Midas Rule lines up with Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People especially when the requester/complainer is highly invested and everyone else has a lower investment in the request or idea.

So rather than going for a complete understanding, win-win, synergistic solution, Midas Rule creates a win-whatever.
  • It's win for the requester/complainer.
  • It's whatever-I-don't-care for everyone else.
So when volunteers ask, "can I work on this (thing no one else cares about)?" In low investment, non-controversial situations, sure by all means do what you'd like by Midas Rule.

As another example, when my Baby Sugar Mama Significant Other (BSMSO) asks, "what do you want to it?" I usually say, "chicken."

Honestly, I'm more interested in getting food and enjoying the company rather than what the actual food is. By Midas Rule, my friends and family usually decide dinner.