I found this story quite humorous and a great way to make a point regarding positive mental attitude and how perspective is everything.
I did not provoke the fight so I feel no remorse for what I was forced to do. We were arguing and seeing I was right and he was wrong, he decided to fight to cover up for his stupidity.
He swung at me first, but being in the top of condition, I was able to act quickly and blocked the punch neatly with my head.
Where upon I jumped to the ground knocking him down on top of me. Then I placed my ear in his mouth and poked his finger several times with my eye.
His teeth hurt so from the strength of my ear, that he became irate and tried to kick me, but I cleverly blocked the onslaught with my ribs and face.
I scrambled to my feet and ran to my car in hopes I would get away and save this man from my deadly hands. Before I could start the car he pulled me from the still open door. I then proceeded to swing at him, but only managed to hit myself in the head. To this I said: “What’s this…. Two against one?”
That was the final straw and I lost control. There will be no mercy!
Taking him in my death grip, I pounded him in the knee with my stomach then hit him two or three times hard in the fist with my teeth. He had had it! I could tell. After that he didn’t even try to pick me up off the ground. He was too chicken!
PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING
I was on the phone two days ago with a friend. The discussion centered around our career choices and how what we do professionally defines us as an individual. Her answer to that comment has resonated with me. She simply answered, “My job doesn’t define who I am… I am a mother, a musician, a cook and a person who enjoys life.” (For the record, this person has a fabulous career fortunate to be doing exactly what she wants to be doing in life.)
Although I want to believe that I have always shared a similar life mantra, I cannot help but to think about all the moments over the last few years when asked a question of “So Ken, what do you do?” what my answer was. I would immediately answer with my professional title and the company I was working with. I wonder what kind of reaction I would have received if I answered with this … “Great question. I am a father, a husband, a recreational golfer, a public speaker, a civic leader, an Eagle Scout, a soccer coach, a community volunteer, an entrepreneur, and a full-time employee.”
So, what do you do? If asked that simple question, what answer would you provide? Do you let your “Title” define you and provide validation or do you find life’s validation in other ways? Do you have a life outside of the professional work you do?
Last week I attended an event in North Carolina. I was attending with a colleague who provided a presentation to a group of government leaders around the topic of managing a remote workforce. He provided a graphic that displayed a vintage scale of justice with the words “life” on one side and “work” on the other and an interesting conversation ensued regarding how important it is to find a healthy amount of balance. It is true that finding that balance between work and life can be difficult at times. It appears that the younger generation of worker has a healthy grasp on balance. To the next generation employee, work is no longer defined as a location, it is considered an activity.
So, I would pose the following question for discussion… “What do you do to help achieve a healthy work/life balance?”
“Trust your passion, identify your dreams, and find the courage to share them with others, no matter how many times they shall call you a fool. If your vision has merit, no matter how impossible it may seem, someone will recognize it and help you make it come true. That is the practical power of a well founded dream.”
– Bill Strickland, CEO Manchester Bidwell