I had just left the stage. It was the first time I had spoken in front of a large group of people. I had shared a rather hard part of my story. A five minute talk had taken me weeks to prepare. I felt that I had delivered an honest and truthful story. People connected with it. They even came up and told me so.
But then a close friend pointed out a few “speaking flaws” I had delivered. I turned red with embarrassment. Then I was angry. “How dare he” I thought. I had poured my heart into this.
Was he right though? Yes. Was I listening? No.
You see I had taken myself too seriously. It blinded me to any feedback or correction.
It is also easy to do this in a crisis when we panic or overreact.
Things go wrong every day. And things will get better.
We take a breath and handle it. We “work the problem” and continue on with the mission and task.
Then the journey can continue.
Over the next month some of my daily posts (including this one) will be assignments from a leadership class I am taking from Seth Godin.