When I was pregnant with my daughter, I got strep throat. If you’ve ever had strep, you know the horrid knives-in-your-throat feeling I’m referring to. He gave me a prescription just in case, though, because I wouldn’t be able to get the results until Tuesday, when they opened again. I told myself I would get it if I was feeling desperate, but I’d try googling for ideas first. I decided to make my own concoction, and give it a whirl. I do my best to avoid antibiotics quite stringently. From personal experience, I’m gonna have to disagree. The doctor saw me late Friday afternoon and took a swab to send to the lab for testing. One of the suggestions involved a crazy ingredient: cayenne pepper.I took the test and found I was 100% motivated by achievement.I looked at my boss, who was sitting next to me, to make sure that he was not looking at me and thinking I was an egotistical money grubber because of my score. I already had a huge crush on him, but that really put me over the edge.(This ad for Scotch tape is a fun example of storytelling.) This is a career path for people who care most about caring about people. I am alleviating my anxiety, and clearing off part of the pile on my desk, by telling you about this article I read furtively in the Harvard Business Review, during cello class, titled, Big Data: The Management Revolution.
The Harvard Business Review shows that narcissism is what holds back a lot of middle managers from reaching the top.A much wider spectrum of you will be better at storytelling than running companies.And there are so many jobs that involve storytelling that we don’t think about.It’s like a little film and after I saw the ad I got upset that I cannot make such good ads for my books. Because every big idea in the last 100 years has launched in an op-ed, which is 600 words, so how could you need more? But we are both pretty sure I’m not going to stop at 600 words.But then I read that what she really loves is filmmaking. Books are too long—my writing sweet spot is about as long as a good blog post. I’d better put something really juicy in right now, because there has to be a lot of value in a post if it’s going to be longer than my rule.