Who’s “Eating Crow” now?

Who needs this painting?  Off the top of my head…

“Eating Crow” 

 

“Eating Crow”

Rule #17 Never Believe Your Own Press

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Film Producer Robert Evans says in the December Vanity Fair his most treasured possession is his PRIDE.  Really?  REALLY

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Evans has been married seven times but none of his marriages have lasted more than three years and his last project was “Kid Notorious” in 2003. Seems like at 83 he might have learned something?  Guess not.

Robert Evans with Ali McGraw Robert Evans with Ali McGraw, one of his seven wives….

Living in Nashville there was one bank branch I frequented.  When the branch manager left, two employees were vying for the position.  The assistant manager/ applicant said she would leave if not chosen, saying to me  “if you don’t have your pride what do you have?”

She didn’t get the job, and the last time I saw her, she was a cashier at a gas station. (No, I am NOT putting down gas station cashiers…)

Wonder how that pride thing’s workin’ now?

Being prideful is not the same as being proud. We can be proud of someone, something, and we can have pride in same.  Being PRIDEFUL is completely different.  To actually say PRIDE is a most treasured possession? Really pitiful.

I think Robert Evans believed his own press one too many times.  Fame, success are much of the time hard work.  Rewarding, as with achieving anything we set our minds to, but usually difficult.

A client was getting his watch serviced in his hometown jewelry store when a significant watch brand salesman approached him, pulling out a top-of-the-line watch.  He handed to my client and said it was his if he’d wear it.  OF COURSE he would wear it.

Publicists also receive lots of perks, we learn it’s not necessary to always wait in line,  we are usually given great parking places and good seats in restaurants.  Trust me, when I tell you any transition from this life is extremely difficult to adjust, but adjust we must, if we intend to be the most Authentic version of ourselves.

There are few — if speaking honestly — who can say they’ve accomplished everything on their own. It DOES take a village. Parents, doctors, nurses, teachers, friends — we all need support.  If we hold pride as our most valuable possession, then we keep a wall between us and everyone else.  We are not living authentically.  We are believing our own press.   It’s one thing to work our brand, it’s another to live and breathe our brand as if we are nothing without it….we are and we can be.

Many have achieved a balance, Mark Lowry is one of the best examples of Authentic Self.  There were times when I wanted to kill him, we could argue to the moon and back….yes, I argued with the author of Mary, Did You Know.

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www.marklowry.com

Another is Deborah Evans Price, she is the same all the time.  SUCH a joy to have as a friend.  Deborah’s latest work is Country Faith.

Country Faith

Deborah, her son, Trey and friend, Brad Paisley.

Deborah Country Weekly What Deborah says about this photo: I just want to say a big “Thank You” to www.CountryWeekly.com  for running a story on my new book Country Faith. Check out page 49 in the Nov. 4 issue with Brad  Paisley and Carrie Underwood on the cover. I was so excited when I saw this. I was jumping up and down in the check out line at Publix. The full page story includes photos of me and some of the artists in the book, including Carrie and Charlie Daniels. I especially love that they used this shot of my son Trey and I with Brad. Trey’s friends think it’s so cool he’s in CW. I agree!

And Nina Baker, artist of profound work NEVER talks about all her awards, but I want to show her latest award-winning piece of work, Provence Dandelions.

better provence by Nina Come by and see this fabulous work, or visit www.ConwayArtGallery.com

See?  Working together gives everyone more opportunity to learn and engage, to win and to be part of another’s journey.   Loving our accomplishments, compliments, kudos is one thing, LIVING in a press release is not authentic.  Let’s don’t be afraid to step out of the image to who we really are, who we can be.  Nothing is more rewarding.
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