Clarity Not Comparison.

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I had to remind myself of this recently after drinks with a good friend where she shared her professional successes. I also follow her on social media so I know what she’s up to and how hard she works (which is really hard). The next couple of days, I noticed I was getting frustrated with myself after our time together.

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The Strongest Offer

Several years ago, I took a writing class with author Patti Digh (whose books I highly recommend) where she taught the notion of making a “strong offer.” According to her, a strong offer was “an offer of yourself (your passion, your talent, your art, your love) without comparing yourself to others, without attachment to how that offer will be received, without a story attached to that offer, and with detachment to the outcome.” According to me, a strong offer was scary, especially in our new world of social media, likes and comments.  Making a strong offer means putting yourself out there. Making a strong offer means having courage.  Making a strong offer means people would see me. 

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Develop That Potential

According to Brené Brown in her book Dare to Lead, “a leader is anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.” Throughout my career, (both in title and actions) I have met this definition of a leader; often focusing on developing employees. As my career shifts and shapes, I have come to understand the most important person whose potential I can develop

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