They’re some of the most important people you can have in your life.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a Fire Side Chat with Beth Comstock, CMO at GE, who is one of the most most humble and insightful people I’ve ever heard speak. The advice and wisdom poured from her microphone in a very smooth way. Nothing was forced, and her lessons were from personal experience.
Let’s dissect that a bit. Eeyore is a character in Winnie the Pooh who views the World in a much different way than our old friend Winnie does. He’s pessimistic, depressed, crotchety and generally anhedonic. He’s a downer. He doesn’t think he can do it, let alone you. He’s that guy.
She mentioned how one Eeyore in particular motivated her to do some pretty amazing things. With a constant “can’t do” attitude, he pushed her to work hard and prove him wrong. He was her motivation to take her work and personal life to the next level.
And that makes a lot of sense. I’ve never been more driven than when someone told me I couldn’t do something or that I wasn’t qualified enough. I was immediately taken back to last summer when I met with a recruiter in downtown Toronto. From the moment I walked in the door, she looked disappointed to see me. Her body language SCREAMED you’re not worth my time. She rushed through her shoddy presentation and eventually showed me the door.
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