… HOW? Don’t take yourself so damn seriously 🙂
Two prime ministers are sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly a man bursts in, apoplectic with fury, shouting and stamping and banging his fist on the desk. The resident prime minister admonishes him: “Peter,” he says, “kindly remember Rule Number 6,” whereupon Peter is instantly restored to complete calm, apologizes, and withdraws.
The politicians return to their conversation, only to be interrupted yet again twenty minutes later by an hysterical woman gesticulating wildly, her hair flying. Again the intruder is greeted with the words: “Marie, please remember Rule Number 6.” Complete calm descends once more, and she too withdraws with a bow and an apology.
When the scene is repeated for a third time, the visiting prime minister addresses his colleague: “My dear friend, I’ve seen many things in my life, but never anything as remarkable as this. Would you be willing to share with me the secret of Rule Number 6?” “Very simple,” replies the resident prime minister.
“Rule Number 6 is ‘Don’t take yourself so damn seriously.'”“Ah,” says his visitor, “that is a fine rule.” After a moment of pondering, he inquires, “And what, may I ask, are the other rules?”
“There aren’t any.”
(quoted from “The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life” by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander)
I love bloopers, don’t you? Here is one when Ann Baeke and myself were making our video blog about how to find your purpose, a couple of weeks ago. Crazy day, I can tell you that. 🙂
Not taking yourself so seriously and showing vulnarablity will make you look honest and trustworthy – a key to selling a service. Remember the know-like-trust idea…
It also shows authenticity. And this is of extreme imporantance when communicating in whatever way with your target audience.
10 tips to follow rule n°6
… and save your (professional) life 🙂
- show vulnarability
- be open-minded
- get rid of your ego
- are you a perfectionist? grow up!
- don’t take things personally
- let go
- remember: “the world won’t fall apart if you fail”
- keep in mind: “people do business with people, not perfect robots”
- do you like to be around people who take everything way too seriously?
- you’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching…….
So how about you? Any ideas how to stop taking ourselves too seriously? Let us know!