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The Real Question to Ask

Many years ago,

a friend gave me a book called

THE DANCE by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

I know…it sounds pretty out there,

but stay with me.

I’ll never forget the quote on the cover:


“What if the question is not

why am I so infrequently

the person I really want to be,

but why do I so infrequently

want to be the person I really am?”


There’s a variety of ways to apply this…

Here’s one.

We often spend a lot of time

worrying about where we fall short—

what skills we lack, what traits we’re missing…

but when it comes to your natural gifts,

why not double down on those?

For my own part,

I’m doubling down on performance

AND strategic consulting.

I know. It doesn’t sound like a pair,

but it’s where I excel.

What hurts me and holds me back are

the times when I worry that it

SHOULDN’T be that way,

or when I look at myself

from everyone else’s perspective.

“Wait—are you a performing artist or

do you help leaders and organizations

with their performance?”

The answer: BOTH.

That’s my edge:

providing shrewd insights to a CEO on Tues.,

meeting with the leadership team on Wed.,

rehearsing in the studio Thurs.,

and bringing it all together for a keynote next week.

It’s this combination that is my DANCE.

What is yours?

Risk Forward & Rock On,


P.S. If you’re looking for guidance, a good place to start is with The 4 Questions outlined in RISK FORWARD. If you don’t know what those are (i.e. you don’t yet have a copy of my book) what the heck are you waiting for? 🙂

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