The Pragmatic Hybrid

The question I’ve been wanting to ask you.

I’ve been wanting to write you a love letter.

I want to tell you the thing I’ve been wanting to tell you for weeks. The thing about being world class.

I learned this from (that force of nature) Marie Forleo. She was being interviewed, and offered a question that shifted everything for her.

Hearing the question shifted everything for me, and rocked my foundation for weeks. I’ve been wanting to tell you about it ever since.

It went like this:

If you were the best in the world at what you do, how would you live your life?

If you were world class.

What would you provide for yourself? What kind of support structures?

How much would you sleep?

How would you feed yourself? How would you take care of this vessel you were given, that is the conduit through which your world class-ness is expressed?

How would you interact with other people?

How much confidence and trust would you have?

How much ease?

The question makes me think of maestros, in all areas of endeavor. And how they can be crotchety and demanding, and particular about their needs and meeting them.

But their requirements are not ultimately about them, or gratifying their egos.

It’s in service to their work.

Because they’re the best in the world at what they do, they act as if they’ve been given a sacred trust. In service to this trust, they give themselves what they need to do right by it.

Not for themselves.

For us.

Their world-class-ness is a gift to all of us. And they (we!) are responsible for carrying out their (our!) marching orders.

When I got this, I had an instant of thinking that behaving as if I’m the best in the world at what I do meant I had to be strict and harsh with myself (as you might be tempted to do, if you come from the world of discipline and achievement).

But in the next instant, something loosened in my heart.

If I am the best in the world at what I do, I need and deserve my own supreme kindness.

My gentle, tender regard.

To cosset my Inner Genius Self with whatever it takes to support the full flourishing of my gifts.

You get to reach out and advocate for your work, with confidence and trust. Because it’s not ultimately about you.

It’s for all the rest of us.

That’s what I have for you today. What I’ve been wanting to tell you for weeks. (With thanks to my beloved Kylie Bellard for talking it through with me.)

Here’s to you and your world class-ness. May we all walk through the world remembering that our work is bigger than us.


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