The earliest mass murderer in recorded history.
You probably know him already.
The strongest man in the Bible. He resisted the
heathens who oppressed his tribe.
According to Judges 13-16, he once killed 1,000
of them with a donkey's jawbone.
Those Philistines had many reasons to hate and
fear him, so they bribed his wife to learn the
secret of his great strength.
Turns out, his secret was to never cut his hair.
So while he slept, she betrayed him and
shaved his head.
He immediately lost his special strength and
became powerless to resist his enemies.
So they captured and imprisoned him.
You know the rest of this story, I'm sure.
But to me this first part is more important.
Really? More important?
Yes. It's all about the special strengths we rely on.
Ask yourself "What are MY special strengths?"
and prepare yourself for a valuable lesson.
Why does it matter to us?
The key to Samson's strength is an exception.
The secret to OUR strengths
is almost always
hard work, study, and long practice.
Whether or not we can see our own strengths
clearly, our friends and colleagues surely do.
And our clients, too.
Whatever we're doing -- managing a business, or
developing a relationship, or playing a strategic
game, or something else -- all the experts
us to "lead with our strength".
So we always face two challenges: first, identify
where our strengths lie. You can find dozens of
tactics for this online.
One of my favorites is to force yourself to act
outside your "comfort zone". Then watch yourself,
to see what you can do well for the first time.
And second, once we can name a strength,
our next challenge is to develop it. Make it
even more amazing.
If you're good at teaching yourself, look for
good examples of what strengths you want,
and follow these examples.
You'll probably need to learn a few things you
teach yourself, so it's smart to get some
from a proven expert.
Why am I telling you this?
For me, one of my strengths is knowing how
music helps people celebrate. This is what
I've been learning and practicing nearly every
day since 1975.
Either by helping people plan the music for
their parties, or by leading my band to entertain
all their wedding guests.