“Bring the Fire” even when you are tired

Dear Guaranty:

It has been a long week, I am fighting off a cold, I have been dealing with some customer issues and employee issues and it is Friday and I am tired, mentally and physically. I have to hold a meeting at 9:00 with a group of managers and introduce a very dynamic speaker, at least in my mind, but I don’t know how the crowd is going to like him. He has a slide show that he has not mailed me so I am unsure about whether technology will be my friend today or my enemy and dang it, I am just tired, it has been a long week. I think about all the things I need to do to get this meeting started off right, and all the ways it can go wrong.

Believe it or not, any time I call a meeting with any of you, I sincerely want it to be time well spent and I want things to run smoothly. Anyway, did I mention that I am tired? But the show must go on, I can’t just mail it in, that wouldn’t be fair to you, it would not be fair to our speaker. So I remember a line from Paul Cummings, “bring the fire” and I get myself prepared mentally and physically to not let you know I am tired. We all have days like that, and we all need to remember that when we get here at work, or get in front of our families, we need to bring the fire, people depend on us, each and every one of us to be the best we can be. Our customers, fellow co-workers, bosses, owners all trust us with their time, so do them right, bring the fire.

Have a great weekend everyone.


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