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How to Know When You’ve Finally Arrived

August 21, 2012

Here is an excerpt teaser from my e-book, At Work as it is in Heaven. You can read this post in its entirety over at The High Calling. Or better yet, why not just buy the e-book now?

I once heard a story about Henry Kissinger falling asleep in the middle of a very important meeting. Everyone noticed, but no one dared say anything because he was such a highly respected diplomat.

The moment he came to, upon picking up the few fragments of sentences that were being discussed in mid-conversation, he immediately interrupted the group with some blinding insight.

I try not to fall asleep in meetings, whether I am making the presentation, or receiving one. Because, unlike Henry Kissinger, I am very concerned about what people think of me, and want to make sure I come across as sharp and capable and prepared and on the ball. I guess I haven’t achieved enough yet in my career that would allow me such unguarded self-possession.

But that story sure puts things in perspective. Here is a man so self-assured as to doze off in the middle of some high-powered meeting. “What’s the difference?” he’s thinking. “I am smarter than these people, and I know what the end result is going to look like anyway. My time is better spent in a snooze.”

Such admirable bravado!

I decided that Mr. Kissinger was an inspiring role model. If only I could be so well-respected, unquestionably smart, and insightful! In fact, his example would be a good benchmark for success. Better yet, why not make it a goal? Yes! This is how I will know when I have finally arrived in my career: I can fall asleep during a meeting without giving a rip, because everyone knows that even in my sleep, I am a valuable team member.

Click here to continue reading this cliff-hanger over at The High Calling.

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Image by Dave C. Used with permission. Sourced via Flickr.

(P.S. Have I gone overboard using italics?)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2012 6:21 am

    Just finished your book this week. Funny and insightful. I appreciated the tone and the humor, while still presenting plenty to thing about and grapple with. Thanks for a good read!

  2. August 21, 2012 2:15 pm

    “I try not to fall asleep in meetings, whether I am making the presentation..” Now that’s one I’ve not seen in 35 years of meetings, the presenter dozing off. Funny!

    OK, good meeting.

  3. August 21, 2012 5:02 pm

    Very funny… 😆 Over the years, I’ve dozed and seen others doze but that’s not why I’m here… I came to say congrats on your inspiring blog award from The Strategic Learner! Well deserved. Now I’m off to read the rest of your piece. 😉

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