The Frog In Boiling Water Phenomenon

There is a phenomenon pointed out by a little known author/career counselor named William J. Reilly. It is that of the frog placed in boiling water. At first, the water will feel painful and unpleasant to the frog, but then, he acclimates to the temperature, not realizing that he’s missing his opportunity to jump out.

He feels a more than slight discomfort as the temperature rises, but is too lazy to do anything about it. He is soon numb and unconscious. This, too, is how William J. Reilly describes office employees in his 1949 book, How to Avoid Work. And so, when you’ve found yourself lulled into a blackout by the heat of the pot, will you decide to jump out and save yourself or remain there just as the frog?