Do You Watch The Credits?Mar 28, 2020
Read the acknowledgments? I always do.
I want to know—"Who worked on this”?
NYT bestselling author Kelly Corrigan is one of my favorite writers. Her masterful sentences blow me away. AND she has editors!
If you go to the back of her book Tell me More (my favorite) there are so many acknowledgments crediting editors. Yes, she writes the work alone with her own beautiful brain. AND she has other people help perfect it before we read it.
While flying last weekend, I re-read a book I’d enjoyed, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. Ooh, that book is a page-turner! Reads like a mystery novel. It’s the story of a failed biotech company, Theranos, and its enigmatic founder Elizabeth Holmes. Author and Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou goes up against teams of lawyers and relentless threats to his credibility to uncover the truth of the company’s fraudulent practices. Even having already read it I felt myself breaking into a sweat at the intensity and the severity of the attacks on his work as he pursues threads. His pacing is spectacular.
At the end of the book, there are four pages of “This book would not have been possible without the help of…” acknowledgments. FOUR PAGES. I was particularly struck by the statement that he needed the "unshakeable faith” of his editor at Knopf Doubleday Publishing to bring the book to fruition.
We do not get there alone.
Ripped from the meme headlines! Everyone looks at the cost of a course or a coach. No one considers the cost of being in the same place a year from now.
Well, not ‘no one, because if you look around you, people clearly are getting after it. They are training for marathons, starting new careers, having babies, publishing books.
But there is truth to this. And you’re probably thinking about that spot in your life where it hits and hurts.
No one considers the cost of being in the same place a year from now.
The path of the student (which you’re on, btw) requires that we find teachers.
Find them, and then study with them. “Mastery” isn’t something you can purchase. You create it. By studying with masters.
In the entrepreneurial world, this often means coaches.
When clients take the plunge to work with me they often feel super scared in the decision-making part of the process. Can I trust her? This is a big investment! Can I trust HER with my tender dreams?
And then they push past the fear and their patterns of ‘almost’…they just DO IT. It’s like the painful moments of cardio that result in the amazing endorphin rush.
“I’m so happy.” They tell me. “so grateful for this expansion!”
“Where I’m at feels like a sacred rite of passage, if I am being honest.”