You Don’t Talk Like That
Like the fact that this blog is read in over 40 states in the US. Not to mention about 10 other countries as well.
I thought I was boring. Whodathunkit…
I tell you that to set you up for the next story.
This story starts with a conversation with a new subscriber to EricUpton.com.
This subscriber works with me. He made the comment that “Dude, I read your blog for the first time. You don’t talk like that at work.”.
Not, “Dude it was really awesome!” or “Dude, you changed my life!”.
That stung a bit. Truthfully, quite a bit. As they say, “The truth sometimes hurts”.
So, this lesson was more for me and my personal life, not the blogging life.
Being Who I Am
We all have hats that we have to wear. We all have responsibilities that we have to maintain.
I think my challenge is that I feel like I have to be “different” people in each role.
I must be:
- The loving husband.
- The hard-charging, goal-oriented, OCD boss.
- The caring philanthropist (see www.irunthesestreets.com)
- The discerning dad.
- The jovial friend.
So, why is my life so compartmentalized?
I think it has a lot to do with fear in most cases.
I’ve let up and been “the softer, more supportive” manager at work. The times I have done so, the team’s performance slipped. So, just like the dog who saw the rolled-up newspaper for the 5th time, I went right back to the “behaving” way of doing things.
The other areas of my life are a little personal so I won’t go too deep. I will tell you that I can do a hell of a lot better than I have.
I think it best that I follow the advice of the young man who commented on my short-comings.
All in all, I just need to be the best “me” I can and stop worrying so much about “public opinion”.
Then maybe I can help others do the same.
I’ll keep you posted.