Years ago, 5 to be exact I read this blog post by Seth Godin about how The Worst Moments Are Your Best Opportunity. At the time, I was inspired enough to post it on Facebook, which prompted me to remember it this week thanks to those Facebook memories I’ve found quite annoying up until now. Seth’s post is quite brief, 157 words that tell the entire truth about how we perceive and are perceived by other people. In a very candid way, he reminds us that we will be judged by the real self we show in those moments, that we will remembered by how we act when we are faced with those worse moments, when we are tired, upset, lonely, when we’ve just gotten the worse news or when we have power over someone.
“That’s how we judge you and how we remember you.
You are presumed to be showing us your real self when you are on deadline, have a headache, are facing a customer service meltdown, haven’t had a good night’s sleep, are facing an ethical dilemma, are momentarily in power, are caught doing something when you thought no one else was looking, are irritable, have the opportunity to extract revenge, are losing a competition or are truly overwhelmed.
What a great opportunity to tell the story you’d like us to hear about you.” – Seth Godin
The big question to ask yourself today is how do you want to be judged and remembered? How do you want to tell your story and what do you want people to know about you? What values matter so much to you that they transcend your momentary mood, your temporary lack of sleep or maybe sickness? How will you use your next bad moment to tell a good story about who you are deep down?