Brutal honesty is embraced daily… When I wake up, the morning’s first ninety minutes are spent in deep evaluation of long and short-term goals, the worthiness of those goals, and the steps required to accomplish those goals. When the day is done, its final thirty minutes are coated with quiet reflection as I evaluate the efficiency of that day’s activities.
I hear it all the time — sincere evaluation of the dire situation that is this current position, combined with a rapidly dwindling microscopic likelihood of success…
Answerless, I shrug, go to sleep, and repeat.
Last night I looked for a few old photos to use in upcoming promotional materials, and I was shocked how much progress has been made in what is actually a very short amount of time. One moment stood out…
Why would I not? It was my first time performing in front of a public audience — and I couldn’t wait to give them my special surprise. ;-)
“Now get back! I ain’t introduced you yet!”
The emcee barked as I selfishly strutted onstage, salivating to setup the mic and get singing. She botched the intro bigtime.
“From Longview — I mean, Tyler.”
Sheesh! We had gone over it a dozen times during rehearsals.
“From Tyler, Texas, USA.”
The Gladewater Opry was a quaint little place. Tucked away along a strip of century-old buildings in the tiny East Texas town of Gladewater, it combined desires of country music hopefuls with desires of country music fans. …
“You done yet?”
I can still hear his voice, carefully creeping through the doorway to the production office, squinting at the screen as if he were going to locate a one-character discrepancy inside 5,000 lines of code.
“Soonest,” I precisely replied.
There truly is no better way to answer a closed-ended question than with an abstract term.
I’ll forever be grateful to the man who taught me that tremendously powerful lifehack… Thanks, Skipper!
What may seem on the surface an evasive retort is actually quite accurate:
“I am diligently working, with every ounce of effort, to complete this task as quickly as possible, and am confident a successful conclusion is imminent.” …