Imagine for a minute that you’re at a neighbors’ barbecue and have to introduce yourself to a group of total strangers.
Say you’re a surgeon. Say you’re a lawyer. Or -like me years ago- say you’re an architect.
People understand that.
They will picture you in a green gown, surgeon knife in hand, ready to do your thing. Or they’ll picture you in court talking to the jury, defending a case. Or they’ll imagine you sketching a house on a drawing board full of rolled blueprints.
People get that. It’s easy. They’ve already seen it.
But tell them you’re a coach and notice the confusion in their eyes. I never got the blank stare when I introduced myself as an architect. But…
Words can hurt and words can heal. And because words matter so much, folk stories have taught us exactly that.
Remember the story of Rumpelstiltskin?
Once upon a time, a greedy king asked a peasant girl to spin a bunch of straw into gold or he would kill her. In her desperation, she accepted the help of a weird-looking, little man who would do the magic for her, as long as he could keep her first-born baby.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to have lots of business ideas.
In fact, many more than I have the time -or the energy- for.
It’s great, don’t get me wrong. It makes running a business much more juicy and fun. It’s pure creativity at its best. But it also has a downside: It’s really difficult to choose which idea to act upon. Agree?
50 years. We’ve never seen anything like this in 50 years. One has to go back to 1971 to find any records of a snowfall like this one. And still, it didn’t create half of the chaos this one has.
So I’m stuck at home again.
For almost 48 hours, one of the biggest blizzards in history hit Central Spain: leaving not just the city of Madrid but the whole state, with a 2-feet, crispy cold layer of snow. And paralyzed it completely for days.