Fix your face JP, fix your face…

by John on October 7, 2011

I started to believe my own hype last week. Dangerous I know, but hey, we all do it every once in a while.

Short story long, I referenced some new things we were doing for clients with some social platforms. No sooner did the words “Social Media” fall from my lips did I get shut down. Not shut down in a nice way, but shut down abruptly nonetheless. My ego and pride were bruised and it hurt.

When I first started in recruiting the environment I had jumped into was pretty tough. Straight talk and confrontation were almost daily events for all of the junior recruiters. I had to swallow a whole bunch of crap to keep my job, and then once I finally figured out that it was mostly hot air, I was able to move on with my life. One thing however constantly plagued me… I always had a sour puss face post confrontation. Fast forward 14 years later and those same feelings just came rushing back.

I realized that I needed to get out of the way of my spurned ego and quickly or I would have to explain my facial expressions to my colleagues. So I did the only thing I could do, take notes.

Quietly, and with a smile on my face I wrote in the margin of my legal pad “Fix your face JP”.

Realizing that no one could read my notes or see what I was scribbling was cathartic. I had to write the phrase two more times in the margin to get through the meeting but it helped me get through it.

Filing the notes in a client folder I did a quick review to see if I had captured all the data.

Reading the lines about fixing my face made me smile and reminded me that every once in a while I need to give my ego a swift kick in its ass.

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