Actually it can, and I’m happy to say I still have some pretty great hair goin’ on; not Patrick Jane type hair but if I was Hollywood I’m sure I could get there too.
There were 6 boys in my dad’s family; the 4 oldest had some serious old-school wavy hair working for them. For some reason, my father and his younger brother had straighter hair, but it was still thick and full. That’s my dad’s family above, he’s the tallest one.
I’m somewhere in between (that’s me in the white shirt) ; I have a thick head of hair and if I let it grow a little longer like my wife likes it, the waves and curls become more pronounced. However, back in the day I used to fight it; I really wanted straight hair and would do some silly things trying to keep it straight. Now, because the chicks dig it, I’m all in…..:). I might have been born on a Wednesday, but it wasn’t last Wednesday and Billy can be smart on things like that…….
What are you fighting?
Before I chase you off with another post all about me I wanted to touch on some observations gleaned from being online.
There is a fair share of people online trying to become entrepreneurial and actually make money because they either hate their job or lost it. Trust me, I know it can be difficult taking that leap into the unknown especially when you have financial obligations and others dependent upon you for support. But at what point do you quit fighting it and decide to make a leap and start working to your strengths and let your talent shine through? If you make the leap, what happens if you still aren’t making any money; when does selling your blood become your business model?
Do you know your strengths?
We all have things we ‘like’ to do and maybe pretty good at it. However, in most cases the things we ‘like’ do not always equate to food on the table.
If you work for someone else, how effective would your boss/manager be if he was able to put you in a position that maximizes your strengths and likes and minimize your shortcomings? Not only finding you a seat on the bus, but the ‘right’ seat.
What kind of culture do you think it promotes when management is very rigid and there is a one size fits all mentality? If you are your own boss, are you treating yourself this way?
My hair really doesn’t make me awesome
I can be that just by showing up……….:). That sounds like someone who is pretty conceited, huh? I’m really not, but I won’t lie, I’m happy in my own skin and that is really all that matters, right? I know where my sweet spots are and what I do well; and I’m also very aware of the things that don’t fit for me.
Social I can do, and probably the primary reason I have even had a modicum of success in here. I am not tech-oriented by any stretch of the imagination, but smart enough to figure out what will get me by. For that reason alone I know there are serious holes in my ‘social’ game but most of it is below the surface so I still tend to gravitate toward my strengths and that is just showing up and being social.
How many of you are still beating yourself up trying to get the square peg in that round hole? How long do you keep trying before you finally decide to try plan B?
I am only as good as the people around me
I have a great team where I work. If you ask anyone on my team what their number one responsibility is, they will reply ‘to make Billy look good’. I say that facetiously but it is so true. If they can make me look good, which can certainly be a challenge at times, then everybody is looking good and we are doing what we said we would do.
I also have a great on and offline support group and community; they do a fantastic job of making me look good too. For that I am very appreciative and hope they feel I bring value to the relationship as well.
Am I perfect? Ha, not even close, but I am compassionate and I do care and feel that covers up a lot of the holes along the way.
What do you think?
I know, I have a tendency to make my posts too much about me but hope in some way it helps you relate to things going on in your world as well. Feel free to tell me when enough is enough or just turn down the volume.