Ready, Set, Pee!

Pets? No thank you.

For years I have taken exceptional delight in being a pet free home – except for the brief stint many years ago of one Waggley Tails Fin, an overweight goldfish. With our daughter having severe allergies, I was definitely home-free in keeping our abode a pet-free sanctuary – or so I thought.  Enter karma.  Enter allergy shots. Enter Chandler the hypo-allergenic beauty dog, thirteen months ago.

As I was bemoaning the arrival of a four-legged addition, I was showered with lots of encouraging and effusive support.  Statements about how much I would love a dog, what joy the dog would bring, the companionship, how much I would learn from a dog.

Chandler the Beauty Dog!

Chandler the beauty dog!

For those of you who were lovely enough to provide your “you’re going to love having a dog” encouragement while I rolled my eyes in obstinacy, I will say this, “You were right, I was wrong.”

In fact, I’m learning quite a bit about life. At this point, I’m hoping my mother isn’t reading as I share one of the more eye-opening learnings from Chandler the beauty dog.  Specifically, his urine elimination patterns – sorry mom.

Having never been a dog owner I was fascinated that when the beauty dog “tinkles” it’s not a full bladder release.  Rather a little here, a little more there until he has officially marked the entire block – of course, marking over some other four-legged friend who has already been out for her morning walk.

In Chandler’s “sprinkle overs” I quickly recognize a very specific person around the board room table.  The one who has determined their singular role at the meeting is to “tinkle” all over everyone else’s ideas and suggestions while not contributing their own.  Or the group who claps when you acknowledge that you’ve met the term limits of your leadership. Or your well-meaning colleague who believes your idea won’t work because it’s already been done.

Your big dream is too important, too amazing, too wonderful to be soiled by anyone.  Surround yourself with the people who will genuinely cheer you on and provide you the support to launch your art, your big dream. The world is waiting for your perfectly, perfect brilliant dream!

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Unleashed privilege

Going for your big dream.  It’s not always easy. The inevitable barriers. Your doubting self-talk.  Running yourself ragged between your full time job, getting lunches packed, laundry, the kids’ violin lessons, PTO meetings, book club and hosting Saturday’s neighborhood winter party.  So much to manage.  So much to do.  The life of privilege.

Privilege, however, gives your big dream an advantage. No worrying required about where you’re going to sleep tonight.  No rumbling stomach to distract your thought process.  No worrying about extra bus fare to get to the library to access a computer for tonight’s blog post.

If you are fortunate enough to be privy to privilege, how might you be in community with someone who doesn’t have all the advantages you do?  How can you cheer on the young daycare provider who is a single mom and going to school part-time?  What book or resource might you share with the woman who cleans the office building whom you’ve seen arrive wearing her fast food uniform?  What steps can you take to make someone else’s dream a little bit easier?

I promise you that when you provide your generous nature with another person, both of your dreams and the world will be richer for it!

Drag Queens, Tupperware and Burps!

That big, brilliant idea of yours that only perfectly, perfect you can create – what’s keeping you from giving it a whirl?

Is it because it’s been done before?  Is it because you can never be as “smart” as Mary Sue in the IT department who serves on two different non-profit boards and was just recognized as the company’s top performer? Or are you just at a loss of where to start with your big idea – how to take that first step?

The reasons to not give your idea, your big dream a whirl are infinitely plentiful.  The reason to start, the reason to give your idea that you’ve been turning over and over in your many showering or driving brainstorm sessions is simple and short:  you.

You have a unique perspective to bring to the world.  No one else is wired like you.  It is your own brilliant flaws, imperfections, gifts, talents and life experiences that make you especially qualified to introduce your big dream to the world.

Take Kevin Farrell actor and author, for example.  He has become the top-selling Tupperware lady in the United States. A remarkable feat given the enormous availability of storage containers in the aisles of your grocery store and big box retailers.  Retailers have made certain you never have to sit through another Tupperware party again – ever.

Dee W. Ieye - the country's top selling Tupperware lady!

Dee W. Ieye – the country’s top selling Tupperware lady!

Enter Kevin’s alter ego:  Dee W. Ieye.  Dee is the drag queen of Tupperware and has managed to give the 65-year old Tupperware party a double twisting somersault flip forward to relevancy. By leveraging Tupperware’s proven business model Dee is selling something much different than Tupperware.  Dee is selling entertainment, Dee is selling theatre – Tupperware just happens to be the vehicle.

In addition to providing entertainment, Dee’s approach provides the forum to come together in community versus feeling a sense of obligation to buy something.  While we would need a psychologist to weigh in on this, my notion is that Dee is the number one selling Tupperware lady in the U.S.  because she taps into an emotional motivation versus an obligatory motivation to purchase that super wonderful lettuce crisper, that you may or may not need.  The purchase happens because Dee allows you to imprint a positive experience.  She instantly replaces that sense of despair of having to buy something you really don’t want or need because it’s your next-door neighbor’s Tupperware Party.

The world needs your big idea. It needs your smarts and brilliance to modernize “done before” ideas.  The world needs you to press that burp seal and let your idea escape from the tightly sealed storage container it’s been in for much too long!

Start burping!

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Sing it sister!

Your big dream. Full of possibilities. Full of your perfectly, perfect brilliant self.

During Bobby Kennedy’s 1968 presidential bid, George McGovern introduced the candidate to a group of supporters in South Dakota by quoting from the Impossible Dream lyrics.

Afterwards Kennedy asked McGovern if he really thought his bid for presidency was impossible. McGovern was quoted as saying, “No I don’t think it’s impossible. I just wanted the audience to understand it’s worth making the effort – whether you win or lose.”

Your big dream’s time is now. Your impossible dream is worth every single heart pounding ounce of your effort and your brilliance. Free that dream of yours that’s been resonating in your heart and mind with full bravado!

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