Ninja Tip of the Day: Stay Calm

Hi everybody. Cheryl Knowlton coming at you with a tip for the day.

When I was a little girl, it was decided, living in California that it would be a good idea for me to take swimming lessons. And I was about six at the time and I had had a very traumatic last 18 months with my mother passing away and just a lot of upheaval in my life. But somebody in my family who loved me and thought it was time for me to have swimming lessons, decided that this was the summer we were going to make that happen.

I remember the teacher telling me to stand right next to the pool and curl my toes over the edge. And so I did that and she told me to lean forward a little bit and look at the water and I did that. This was at the deep end and she came up from behind me and with no warning, she pushed me into the deep end. I, of course, freaked out, flailing around and I was certain that I was going to die and she had to jump in and rescue me rather than having me calm down and swim to the side. I did know how to doggy paddle, I just wasn’t an expert swimmer at that point in my life.

Point being, sometimes things are going to happen in this business and in life where we are going to be pushed from behind when we don’t feel that we are ready to take on that next step. My advice to you is to not do what I did. Do not freak out and flail around and get to the point where you are about ready to drown, whether literally or metaphorically. Take a deep breath. The calmer you can be about whatever change is coming at you, that’s being pushed at you that you’re not ready for, the calmer you can be, the better you’re going to be able to make decisions and not drown.

So that is my tip for the day. I don’t recommend that you do that to anyone else. And yeah, that was not fun for me. But when it happens to you, you are going to be much more prepared for it because now you know.