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You are your own secret weapon.

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You are your own secret weapon.

Your friends and coworkers understand what you are doing when you describe life. They understand that you are very careful in your description of details.  They understand that you are sharing so others can profit from your experience.

And then there are The Interpreters. The interpreter may think that your attention to detail reveals that you are either complaining or bragging.

Complaining is an indirect way of asking for help. So is bragging. The Interpreter must interpret when confused by honesty. Indirectness and a lack of self-awareness are the tools of The Interpreter.

Sharing on the other hand, contributes to the good of all.

When the Interpreter asks how you are doing, say GREAT. To do otherwise would impede growth for all concerned.

“Daniel in the Lion’s Den” is a great metaphor for the Detailer who is surrounded by Interpreters.

It is possible to be surrounded by a single Interpreter. Be still; it will soon be over.

This remark is mildly sarcastic. Sarcasm attempts to bridge the gap between complaining and sharing.

You are your own secret weapon. Your gift will grow when shared.

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OPPORTUNITY NOW

 

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OPPORTUNITY NOW

Opportunity exists only in the present moment.

Opportunity is Formless.

Accepting Opportunity is the act of Adding Form to Formlessness.

Opportunity is not something that comes only once in a lifetime.

Opportunity does not present only to the Lucky, the Gifted and the Wise.

Opportunity arrives twenty-four hours a day in the form of pictures, ideas and dreams.

The primary impediment to the recognition of opportunity is a lack of self-awareness. Though this condition is normal and provides an occasional benefit, it sometimes prevents us from the acknowledgement of the millions of opportunities to improve our quality of life that arrive within each of us every day of our lives.

So, how does one prevent the pain of missed opportunities? There is no such danger; one does not grieve the unknown unless they enjoy grief.

To experience opportunity, we need only do what is before us.

AND TRUST.

HELPING OTHERS

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“If you seek to aid everyone that suffers in the galaxy, you will only weaken yourself… and weaken them. It is the internal struggles, when fought and won on their own, that yield the strongest rewards. You stole that struggle from them, cheapened it. If you care for others, then dispense with pity and sacrifice and recognize the value in letting them fight their own battles. And when they triumph, they will be even stronger for the victory.” 

Darth Traya (Kreia)

 

A real conversation that took place in May, 1994:

Alfred: What will you do when you lose this store? 

Lee:  I’ll sleep in my station wagon, swim at the Biltmore and eat at AJ’s.

Alfred: What’ll ya do for money?

Lee: I’ll have fifty thousand dollars stuffed in my pillow.

 

 

 

SAFETY

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Sometimes, when I’m with a customer I share a personal story; one that includes fear and love.

I do that, because they are in many ways, my brother or my sister or because there is a child with them that could be my great granddaughter.

I realized how important this was to me one day many years ago, working as an out and about coffee sales man. Though I never consciously competed with my team mates or even with myself, I learned one day that I had received a five hundred dollar bonus for having earned the most in commissions that month. And I felt ashamed, not because I had received an unexpected gift but because it had already occurred to me that loving people could be profitable.

So how do I deal with this sort of thing today now that I am older and “wiser”?

I don’t; I am still me; and I still love people and I still like the safety I feel for myself and my family that comes from being financially successful but safer still because I am free to accept The Love and to pass it on.

Accept the Love and pass it on.

BEHOLD THE ARTIST (PART TWO)

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“Someone at General Motors took notice and took out a full-page in Motor Trend as I recall and announced a contest for best idea for an entirely new automobile design. It never occurred to me that this was an offer to professionals; to me it was another Famous Artists School contest.” 1/20/2015

During those early days of the Fabulous Fifties I was  obsessed with the way automobiles looked and had some very solid ideas on how to make them look better. I had dozens of sketches illustrating a long parade of automobiles, ideas that had started when in kindergarten.

I had pages and pages of cars with fins. As I began extracting the best of these ideas and formulating a semi-finished product I quickly discovered that for an accurate portrayal of my ideas I needed math skills a s yet unknown to me so I created some measuring method s of my own.

Into the US Mail went my idea for the world’s next Cadillac.

I expected nothing; I got nothing. nevertheless I hoped. My hopes became wishes; my wishes became dreams and the bubbles and you know what happens to bubbles.

Three years later I saw the first picture of the Fifty Seven Chevy, and then the Fifty Eight. The fifty-eight Impala looked like my drawing but withe rounded points on the fins. The Fifty Nine was right from the limns I submitted to GM in 1952.  Again, hopes, wishes dreams and bubbles. Father took me to visit a copyright lawyer who gave me some valuable lessons about business that Father had never covered in my family business training. Since that time I have had hundreds of ideas stolen from me in ways that are not protected by copyrights and patents. These events are discouraging until I remember that these are Gifts and that the original Copyright belongs to the source that implores me to “Accept the LOVE and  pass it on”. And I do.

HELPING OTHERS

Lee_Broom

“If you seek to aid everyone that suffers in the galaxy, you will only weaken yourself… and weaken them. It is the internal struggles, when fought and won on their own, that yield the strongest rewards. You stole that struggle from them, cheapened it. If you care for others, then dispense with pity and sacrifice and recognize the value in letting them fight their own battles. And when they triumph, they will be even stronger for the victory.” 

Darth Traya (Kreia)

 

A real conversation that took place in May, 1994:

Alfred: What will you do when you lose this store? 

Lee:  I’ll sleep in my station wagon, swim at the Biltmore and eat at AJ’s.

Alfred: What’ll ya do for money?

Lee: I’ll have fifty thousand dollars stuffed in my pillow.

 

 

 

I YAM WHAT I YAM

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Do you ever feel like a comic strip character?” This was the topic of conversation at lunch with a friend last week.

“My secret self is Olive Oyl; who are you?”

When I first approached this train of thought, I was alone at my desk, wondering what I wanted to write about and the thought crossed my mind about playing cops and robbers as a boy. Or Cowboys and Indians. Or Alley Oop.

So who am I when I make that first call to a prospect or when I answer a call from a troubled client or write up an order for my favorite customer?

What hat am I wearing when I ask a lady for a dinner date?

Is there a cape in my imaginary closet?

A sword?

A turned around collar?

A Wonder Woman swim suit?

Our lives begin with affirmation.

By the time we are eighteen months old we have mastered the challenge of scientific observation and established our most basic methods of coping with fear. We know to act innocent or guilty, we are aggressive or pleasant, we push and we pull.

For the next couple of decades we will be creating our personas, aping lines from songs, the latest styles and speech patterns and our most private thoughts will be linked somehow to the need for approval either for protection from violence or for good vibrations as saluted by Mike Love in the sixties.

And if from all of this there emerges a goal for defining our true selves chances are we shall all benefit from this, including the servant.

If that goal is totally self-serving everyone wins but the servant.

This is a time of year where we all join hands.

Accept the Love and Pass it On.