I’m currently reading this incredible book on employee engagement, On Fire at Work by Eric Chester. I highly recommend it if you’re in a position of leading other people.
I’ve read a bunch of facebook posts and tweets today remembering and honoring the fallen souls from the heinous terrorist attacks of 9/11.
It struck me that it’s been 14 years since the attack.
I remember it like it was yesterday.
Through the magic of the “internets” I’ve recently been able to re-connect with my high school English teacher. As most of of my friends, students, and colleagues know, I am a high school dropout. I really didn’t impress too many of my teachers back then. In fact, I’m sure most of them wouldn’t even remember my name. I know I wouldn’t have if I were in their position. Out of sight, out of mind.
But Mrs. Moore was different.
“Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.” – Emily Dickinson
If you’ve ever struggled as a writer, you know the challenge of writing anything original or unique. You also feel the burden of getting your message out there for the world to hear.
You are probably in between two schools of thought:
- You don’t have anything to offer so why bother?
- You are God’s perfect gift to your particular genre and the world will explode without your divinely inspired message.
Neither are true.
I don’t like this response.
Especially with my kids.
“How did my iPad get 12 new Angry Bird apps?”
“I don’t know.”
“Why is your brother crying? And why is there a clump of hair in your hand?”
“I don’t know.”
Well if you don’t know, who will?
I find this is true with my clients and students as well. When it’s time for advising, coaching, or training – we often find that people don’t know what they don’t know.