Fittingly, as I write a reflection on Chet’s Day 183 entry in BBTL, today is the anniversary of my beloved dad’s birthday. My dad was the most unique, tough, brilliant, strong-willed, one-of-a-kind leader I’ve ever known. Fact. And who he was showed up very early in life…check out the dude in the photo below, circa 1930. Good luck keeping that character in his pram!
My dad knew who he was and who he wasn’t. He showed up the same no matter the audience or the context. Hard-hitting in business and hard-hitting off the tee. He once famously played a lie that landed on the top of the pump house on 18 during a tourney instead of taking a penalty stroke. Classic Dad. And he didn’t suffer fools. It wasn’t pretty. I am forever grateful that he communicated his belief in me as a young girl. That was not normal for a guy from his era, let alone my dad. His belief in me is still is paying dividends and will so for eternity. His belief helped me to know who I am and to live out of my true identity from a young age. Thanks, Dad. Thank you, God, for giving me the dad I needed.
I love this concept in the context of living out of our true identity: when the gifted Renaissance artist Michelangelo was asked how he was able to create his sculptural masterpiece, David, he responded: I simply chipped away everything that did not look like David. In fact, the Latin root of our word ‘sculpture’ translates ‘to cut out’. While the ‘quote’ is fictional the principle is true.
Your BTL builder is with you on your hero’s journey to becoming the original you were created to be. And your Builder will help you to ‘cut out’ what is not the real you. Together we Awaken, Challenge and Transform. Sounds easy. It’s not. It’s hard work. But it’s good work that lasts.
At the heart of Be You is Oneness within, which comes from a strong Core. Oneness within will attract Oneness with others. Why? Because your authentic core will feel safe to you and to others because it’s the real you showing up.
Every time. Everywhere. In your pram. In the boardroom. On the 18th. At home. Any time you are With.