Sid’s Sense- The Pajama Lawyer
Sidney, my 85-year-old father, settled more cases in his pajamas than he did holding a briefcase in a courtroom. By the end of this series, Sid’s Sense, not only will you know how he did that but working from home will start to sound way more comfy than those starched shirts and high heels!
Sid has been practicing law for over 50 years. He’ll be the first to tell you his greatest lessons were not learned in law school. Having been a salesman, journalist in the army, liquor control officer, and restaurant owner, he learned how to handle people from a young age. He has always been a self appointed advocate. Conflict never causes him the agonizing uncertainty most of us struggle with in life.
First and foremost, Sidney is a teacher. Everyone he meets is sucked into his cloud of enthusiasm and embraces his quirkiness. One of his long time friends who lives in another city was asked who had been the most influential person in his life. His reply, “Some people ask themselves, ‘What would Jesus do?’ but I, instead, when confronted with a challenge, often ask myself, ‘What would Sid do?’ and then I go out and do it and am glad that I did.” Ditto from me!
I promised my readers that this blog would be about WHAT WORKS and that comes from wisdom and real life solutions. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to being a good teacher. This series is not about my incredible father or his endless resume. It is about his life lessons that go well beyond normal parental territory. He is a master of optimism and negotiation, of people handling and conflict resolution. The best life lessons aren’t complicated. In fact, many are common sense. As you read these lessons ask yourself, “Do I actually DO that?” I’ve been in the business world for nearly 25 years now and I am certain that most people don’t. They don’t live these lessons for fear of embarrassment, a lack of confidence, fear of failure, uncertainty, or just trivializing the task. PLEASE consider printing this series out and read each one with your children–discuss the lessons in reference to their lives and your own. This is filled with teachable moments that will last them a lifetime.
Ever had to get your car fixed? Ever have to negotiate a bad grade with a teacher? Ever had a job interview? Ever had a problem with a bill or were dissatisfied with a service you received? How about a boss that drove you crazy? Or your kid got into a mess and nobody can decipher what really happened? Do you have a dream and are afraid to pursue it? I could go on and on, but I can promise you that these life lessons apply to all of us! If you want to truly live a FIT life, embrace these strategies, dial in your mind, and you’ll raise the bar on your own peak performance.
Heads UP!: This is a 13 part series that will be posted every Tuesday. In order to make this worth your time, I have to ask you to take your time which is a lot to ask- I know that. This series is meant to be read in its entirety and in the order it is posted. One lesson builds on the next which is a “no no” in the blog world but who made the rules anyhow?! By the end you will have the confidence, perseverance, and skills to resolve any conflict, fight your own battles, be a leader, and negotiate solutions to just about any problem you face. With practice you can master these skills. These posts are lengthy but not without careful consideration. It may read more like a chapter book than a blog. I may sacrifice brevity for telling a story that brings the lesson home and makes it memorable. I will make sure you are not disappointed.