Have you ever done something in business that embarrassed you so much that you wanted to cancel before it even started? This happened to me last week.
I sat in the back of an Uber and sent him the following text:
I was excited to record a podcast with Lewis Howes, and booked a podcast studio in Los Angeles. When I arrived to the studio, this is what I saw:
In case you’re wondering, this was, in fact, the studio I booked…but the website showed different photos. It was too late to quit, it was too late to cancel.
When Lewis arrived, he was gracious. I apologized for the inconvenience, the appearance of the studio, and the wafting smell of fried tortillas that permeated from the next door taco shop.
I had to remind myself that things won’t always happen as I hope, that–despite my best efforts–there are things outside of my control, but how I choose to show up is what matters.
Not to sound cliche, but the sooner I stopped caring about the cards I was dealt, I focused on how I could play the hand.
And before this sounds like a Disney-fied version of the story, I won’t mention:
- The next-door tenet who yelled in the hallway for us to stop recording
- The mid-recording request for Lewis to move his car
- The perilous stairs we had to descend into the basement to record
No, I won’t mention any of that because your girl ain’t petty. 😉
The next time things don’t go as planned, may we focus on how to play the hand, and worry less about the cards we’re dealt.
Your poker coach,