Wrong, stupid, and half as bright as you

Dan

That's me by the way (the topic and scary pic)...

Some of my recent blog posts seem to have touched a raw nerve in the business world.  Besides the stupid comments I deleted from this blog about how stupid I am and ego-maniacal (I might actually be that one), I got a whole series of personal attacks (i.e. threats) that made me pause for a moment and reconsider...

And then I thought: WHO CARES!!!!

Can I share a little secret with you?  A huge part of long-term high-performance is understanding who you are....

Seriously.  Let me share my own personal story with you:

Concepts like discipline, hard work, goal mastery, and passion were drilled into me from an early age.  I was raised by Christian parents who were very moral people (still are) who set the bar very high for performance and personal endeavor.  I was trained in the musical arts (piano and trombone) and in public speaking.  I started my first business before I was a teenager.  I had no access to television for 18 years of my life.  In fact our house was not even wired for cable -- my dad told the builder to skip it altogether.  During the summers, I had to read books for at least 2 hours per day and during school "season" I was fined if my bed was not made, shoes lined up in the closet, or (God forbid) I left the window open.  Silly or not, I was trained to be efficient and effective.

I also picked up some bad habits.  I worked so hard to be "perfect" that I spent a lot of "Dan PR" time trying to make sure everyone around me was happy with me.  Was I wearing the right thing to go the right place to see and do the right things........  It became an internal guessing games of "am I doing everything right".  That trickled over into my college choices, my business habits, and my selling style.  I was out to prove everything to anyone within earshot, eyeshot, or "texting range".

And then I hit a few rough patches...  And all the critics that I was working so hard to please were no where around to help me.  They were happy to throw their mental "sucker punch" and run.  Everyone I was trying so hard to please was pleased that I was failing.  I was pushed myself to "be better" and they were providing enough criticism to feed my addiction.

It took a great coach, a great wife, therapy, and lot of experience for me to come to grips with me being me.  And guess what?  I am more successful than ever -- in every sense, style, and shape of the word...  Lesson learned!

When you try to be who you are not, you waste enormous energy being someone that who is not effective.  I may be wrong.  I may be stupid.  I probably am half as bright as you are.  But I am cool with that.  Being me is pretty surreal...

But I also have a secret that you should know: Long after you give up, sit down, and throw in the towel, I will be achieving excellence because the "me" that was trained to be effective and efficient  is a warrior -- and warriors conquer.

Do not apologize for greatness, achieve it.

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P.S.  I had the best parents a child could ever ask for.  Thanks Mom and Dad for being rockstars!

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