(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition)
I was working in my den when I saw Bentley attacking Buddy in the back yard. This is “play” of course, but an 80-pound, two-year-old Shepherd doesn’t know his strength with a ten-year-old, 30-pound Beagle. I stood up, ready to tear downstairs and out into the yard.
Then I saw Bentley turn and Buddy launch himself at Bentley, causing him to retreat and regroup. Buddy was enjoying himself. (He’s also mastered how to get a shared stuffed duck away from Bentley by using his lower center of gravity and tugging it out of Bentley’s jaws.) I sat back down and determined not to intervene.
If Buddy had to defend himself against almost any adversary, he’d do a pretty good job because he is used to fighting German Shepherds (first Koufax and now Bentley). I’m reminded of baseball players who take practice swings with weighted bats, and my track days when I ran the 440 for speed and stamina in training when my actual competition was in the 100 and 220.
Don’t run from tough competition, pressured situations, and stronger athletes. Learn to compete and comport yourself well. If you do so, other situations will be a piece of cake.
You may lose the sale to a billion dollar company’s CEO, but what you’ll learn will make it easy to sell to $500 million division presidents. You may not get the keynote for IBM’s annual meeting, but you will get the featured spot for a trade association, or a concurrent session with IBM, or be invited on TED.
Don’t run away. Throw yourself at your counterpart. Once they back off, the leverage is yours. Bentley may have bigger teeth, but Buddy’s are just as sharp.
© Alan Weiss 2014Print This Post