Jul 2 2012
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|Are You Fine or Are You F.I.N.E.?|
Last week I was sick. The bad news is that I fell behind with my work. The good news is that I got to watch a bunch of movies while recuperating on the sofa including one of my favorites The Italian Job.
If youíve somehow managed to miss this highly entertaining, caper movie itís a ton of fun. But what particularly caught my attention this time was one of the opening scenes where an older thief, John Bridger, asks his protťgť, Charlie Croker, how heís feeling about an upcoming job. Itís the first time that Charlie will be running the crew who are about to steal several million dollars worth of gold bricks.
Charlie says heís fine. The rest of the conversation goes like this:
Bridger: Fine? You know what ďfineĒ stands for donít you?
Croker: Yeah, unfortunately.
Bridger: Freaked out . . .
Croker: Insecure . . .
Bridger: Neurotic . . .
Croker: And Emotional.
Wow. That brief conversation made me think. I know Iíve been guilty of saying Iím fine when what I really mean is that Iím F.I.N.E. What about you?
While growth only comes from stepping out of your comfort zone, itís important to be honest about your abilities especially with yourself. If youíre overwhelmed by a project donít tell people youíre fine Ė let them know youíre struggling. If you donít understand what your boss expects Ė ask her. If youíre not going to have the client presentation completed on time Ė let your team or your boss know well in advance.
Itís worse to let people think that everything is going well and on schedule when itís not, than it is to say youíre having trouble. Next time youíre feeling F.I.N.E. get some help. Itís easier to recover after you stumble than it is to get up after you fall.
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