Archive for February, 2012

What Hand Are You Holding?

There is an old song that goes like this:

  • You’ve got to know when to hold them.
  • Know when to fold them.
  • Know when to walk away.
  • Know when to run.

Sometimes, no matter the metaphorical cards and literal money on the table, the right thing to do is to fold. 

If accountability and responsibility do not align with authority and control you will not be able to do what you were hired to do.  In this case, you should fold your hand and walk away. 

Sometimes you run. 

Don’t under estimate how challenging it can be to do this.  Expecially when the anticipated income you walk away from is significant.

What does it take? 

Trust, Faith, Belief.  Trust in yourself, that you are doing the right thing.  Faith that there is a better opportunity awaiting you.  Belief that the opportunity will find you.  You just need to be there to see it. 

You won’t be able to play in that new sandbox of opportunity, where authority and accountability are in alignment and you can make a difference, if you are still sitting at the table, playing the old game.

I’ve put my cards down and walked away, can you?

If you find yourself in this situation, remember you have a choice.  Find your courage and the Lionheart Inside Yourself, to know when it is the right time to leave that game and find another.  I dare you.  I double dare you.  I double dog dare you.


Know Yourself, Available Now

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How Well Do You Know Yourself?

I had an interesting confluence of events recently, one where I realized how things we say really can live on. 

To the right, you will see the back cover of a new book now available on Amazon, Women, Know Yourself by John Agno.  Yes guys, while it may say “Women” in the title, it can apply to you also. 
The Backstory
I originally wrote the statement shown on the right for Carol Roth’s Business Unplugged blog.  It appeared as #5 on Carol’s list of 60+ Unexpected Business Lessons.
For those of you who have followed me for a while, you may remember some of my articles about Carol and her excellent book The Entrepreneur Equation.  She’s the person who dubbed me The Elephant Whisperer.

As I referenced a colleague of mine, John Agno in my statement, I sent him a link when Carol’s list came out.  John parlayed the statement into his own blog article.  Shortly after that, he asked if he could use the quote for the back cover of a book he was working on.  Wow, was I surprised.  What an honor.  Guess that’s one way to get “published” when I’m lagging so far behind in my own writing…

Knowing Yourself

I cannot stress enough the importance of knowing yourself.  The better you understand yourself, the more clearly you will be able to see the world around you as your remove the “lenses” through which you view the world.  You will be better able to make decisions that take you towards the place you want to be in life, rather than moving you further away. 

Hiring a personal coach is a great way to get some help along your personal journey.  If you want to hire a coach, I can highly recommend John.  I value the discussions we had years ago when he was my coach as well as the one’s we have today. 

That being said, I’m happy to take new coaching clients myself.  I give fair warning here, I’ll challenge you with my Lionhearted Coaching.  To quote what one of my client’s said about me, I “tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.”
To start your quest to understand yourself through a book, I suggest you read John’s book “Women, Know Thyself: The most important knowledge is self knowledge.”  It content includes chapters on self-understanding, exploring your signature talents, managing your default behavior, learning how to manage stress, the impact of your personality on others, we get what we tolerate, self-sabotage and we need to change outdated beliefs. 
Want it for free?  (limited time offer)  For Valentine’s day as well as the day after, John is offering this ebook free at   Happy reading.
You can also find a variety of articles related to self-awareness throughout my blog as I touch upon it in a myriad of ways.  You might want to check out articles in the Being Lionhearted, Courage, Personal Skills, Perspectives, or Reflection Categories on the right. 
Regarding my own books, while I dislike New Year’s Resolutions, I did set goals for 2012 which included finally getting my material organized and published.  Now if I could just find some more time in my schedule to do so… 
Cheers.  Be well, healthy, happy.  May you Know Yourself and Be Happy with Yourself. 
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