The Least Impressive Thing You Can Do

I was at a dinner party a while back with a lot of women friends whom I hadn’t seen in a long time.  As I listened to several of them talking about really cool stuff they were doing (one of them was actually doing that “astronaut – paying to go into space” thing) I found myself thinking, “I don’t think they know that I recently spoke to a crowd of 17,000 people.  And as I opened my mouth to tell them, my son Miles’ incredibly wise words rang loudly in my head:

“Trying to impress someone – is the least impressive thing a person can do.”

Oh wow. That was exactly what I was hoping to do. Impress them with my wonderfulness.

I instantly super glued my mouth shut.

I have used that concept many times since.  When I find myself about to say something, I run it through my “Intention Filter.”  Is my intention to share some information that might help, augment or enhance the conversation?  Or is it to impress…

Thank you, Miles!!!

From your Motivational Speaker, Linda Larsen – the one with the Intention Filter


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  1. Well, now, that apple didn’t fall far from the tree! What sage advice from your son – but I’m not surprised, because I know his mamma! It is so hard not to throw your hat in the ring when people start one-upping each other and dropping names. Then again –  if it’s really close friends, then they would probably be just as excited about your achievements as the others – if you can’t brag to your friends who can you brag to? Sometimes I want to throw up when I get around other motivational speakers and they start dropping names and telling me they are making six figures. It is interesting to me that some of the most respected names in this business don’t feel the  need to grandstand. I try not to brag – even though I really don’t have any brag worthy gigs. Then again – there is always someone looking at us wishing for what we have. Thanks Linda for bringing things back into perspective for me.

  2. Linda, you are a marvel. Kelly is also accurate that friends are the safest place to share your goodies. There is a fine line between one-upping and simply sharing for sure. Catalyst research continues to show that women in particular need to learn how to self-promote to get that promotion. And there is a time and a place. Miles sounds like a dream.

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