Recently I was watching a video of our Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, speaking about women’s suffrage.
But she didn’t pronounce ‘women’ correctly. Repeatedly.
And that bothered me.
“Surely, our Prime Minister should be able to pronounce ‘women’ correctly?” is what I was thinking. And that dominated my thoughts, not her message.
Am I being unfair? Are my expectations too high?
But that got me thinking, that whether I’m being unfair or not, this is a great reminder that perception matters.
I believe in the correct use of grammar and the correct pronunciation of words. You’ll never lose by doing it right. But you will lose to a section of the audience if you don’t.
BTW It’s pronounced wimin, not wumen.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.
In summer I walked up to the Rob Roy Glacier near Wanaka.
There are two ways to find the limit.
When I was skiing professionally, I knew that standing on the edge of a cliff for longer didn’t make it any safer to drop.
On Monday I attended the funeral of a good friend of mine from medical school, Andy Greer. He died suddenly while working a shift at Christchurch Hospital. He was 40.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of these people who loves failure.
Challenges are a daily phenomenon for the entrepreneur.
Heaven is not wanting to be anywhere else.