Don’t you LOVE hindsight?
It’s so effective to help you see where you should have zigged instead of zagged somewhere on your path.
The problem is, it’s HINDsight.
And thus, you have to first zig in a way that is less than effective –
less than true to your heart, your purpose, your passion –
for you to figure out that you should have actually zagged back there somewhere.
One of those moments in my career as a creative director was that day when one person on my team got up in my face to say:
“I can’t work for someone who’s not smarter than me.”
I know, I was shocked as you are right now.
Speechless actually. Utterly Dumbfounded.
Now, if he had said that to me today, I would have some very choice words for him and would have promptly shown him the door.
Back then however, I didn’t know what I didn’t know about corporate politics or work bullies.
Nor did I have the chutzpah that I have now.
Instead, I was a deer in the headlights without any words to respond to his crass, egotistical remark.
Frozen in my tracks.
That night, I laid awake most of the night terrified that this guy had me figured out and was plotting my demise.
It felt like he had found the chink in my armor and had slid a knife right into it with his words.
It really undid me.
I felt vulnerable and exposed with nowhere to hide.
As the boss, it’s really hard to admit you don’t know how to deal with something, or someone.
And it’s harder still, to keep pretending that you do.
Trying to keep up the facade eventually fails.
Someone sees through it.
Only exacerbating your stress levels, as the tension quickly takes its toll on your body, mind and spirit.
Now, I know that real strength comes from vulnerability.
And vulnerability, is actually an act of courage.
Being courageous enough to ask for a helping hand to find the successful way through.
A way through that doesn’t cost you your health in the process.
I think you’re capable of this kind of courage. You wouldn’t be reading these emails from me if you weren’t.
To Being Brave and Courageous!
In Service & Love,
P.S. What would your life look like if you could be more courageous? How would your career look? For additional details or to schedule a complimentary discussion on how you can maximize your potential and transform for a balanced, happier and impactful life, please email me at email@example.com