Well, it was something like that.
I did say those words and may have sneaked in a few more spicy ones as I went to wash my hands of the red, sticky liquid medicine that was now all over me.
Bella – whom you might remember eclipsed the great Captain Jack for escapes last week – had minor eye surgery. She was adorned with the famous “cone of shame,” and required regularly scheduled doses of Gabapentin to help with the pain from the surgery.
For those of you who have had to give similar treatments to your pets, you can visualize the plastic syringe-like vessel that you squeeze the medicine through “seamlessly” into the mouth. With Captain Jack, I’d just wrestle with him to get his mouth closed, insert the syringe in the side of the mouth and through his teeth and let her rip. He hated it, but it was pretty simple.
I was terrified to look over the edge…
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do in your life?
For me, two stand out.
The first is being married. The second is raising children.
How often are we beset with difficult situations that appear to be improbable to overcome?
My suggestion is that in business and life, it happens all the time. And much too often, people will get flustered with the situation, avoid “competing,” and end up using the situation as an excuse for failure.
These two young ladies didn’t do that. They assessed their situations, both of which were not a normal part of their practice. They got creative, committed, and then used their skills to make the next play and move on.
The “Greatest of All-Time” is tough to define. It tends to be personal in nature based on numerous factors. And, it gets tossed about a lot, but generally in the direction of those who should be given consideration for it. We apply to often to athletes, other times to entertainers and artists.
What about the GOATS in business and life?
Are you a GOAT in your industry and career? If you don’t think so, who will?
“Why are you doing that?”
“What the hell is wrong with you?”
That’s me. Yelling at me.
Well, scolding myself in a video that has already been recorded, published, and now pissing me off.
I was recently interviewed by a fellow Rotarian as part of a series of podcast-style videos on our vocations and years in Rotary service. Forrest did a terrific job of asking questions, none of which I knew in advance, which is my preference.
The indignity at myself wasn’t about my answers. It was about the annoying and infuriating thing I unknowingly kept doing.
Do you ever find yourself people-watching?
In fact, while listening to the Journey station on Pandora while crossing the Puget Sound on a ferry this weekend, I found myself pondering what people chose to wear on a mid-70s degree summer day. I continued to ponder that everyone was wearing clothes that at some point was attractive to them, their style, and how they want to “brand” themselves.
This isn’t a judgment at all. Merely an observation and curiosity of humans choosing to identify and expressing themselves.
Which led me to analyze what I chose to wear that day.
ou’ve probably heard the expression, it’s better to be lucky than good.
I contend, it’s good to be both. And that there is a balance needed which requires that you be good enough to take advantage of being lucky.
A few weeks ago, I hit my tee shot on the Par 5 15th Hole for the Cascade course at Gold Mountain Golf Course. I estimate it’s the longest drive I’ve ever hit in 44 years of playing golf – 314 yards.
My “average” drive is about 230 yards. A really well struck ball may go 245 yards. So how did this ball go so far? Was I channeling my inner Tiger Woods?
Well, it was that combination of lucky and good.
Have you ever waited for something to get easier?
“I can’t wait until I can drive, then it will be easier.”
“When I move out of my parents house, then it will be easier.”
“When I’m out of college, then it will be easier.”
“When I get the promotion, then it will be easier.”
“Man, when the kids are out of college, then it will be easier.”
“Wow, when I get approved for that business loan, then it will be easier.”
“I can’t wait until I’m retired, then it will be easier.”
Kara Lawson has the same advice to you as she does her women’s basketball team at Duke University. It doesn’t get easier. It gets harder. You just have to handle “hard” better.