A Short, Sharp Story That Will Give You Strength- Guaranteed

lfc-fansI was at the junior rugby club annual ball chatting to a mother of one of the boys. We were talking about young girls and first dates. And she told me something about what happened to her during her ‘dating’ years that really struck and surprised me. It’s a powerful message for our lives and business success. At the very least, it will make you pause and reflect.

Liverpool Football Club toured Asia and Australia last month and the YouTube video of the packed grounds in Jakarta and Melbourne roaring out the Liverpool song is just amazing…. That chorus…”YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!”  And it reminded me of what Sophie told me at the rugby dinner. It all links.

“Every time a boy would ask me out my father would insist they pick me up from home and that they meet the family,” Sophie told me. “But why did he insist that?” I asked. And her answer- so simple- is the key to giving yourself strength, whenever you need it. Her father’s view about the would-be beaus was this:

“They need to know who stands behind you.”

Simple. All of us have certain people who ‘stand behind us’… who will be there when we need it, who throw their weight and essence behind what we do, who are part of our offer and who we are, who are rock solid.

For many of my company’s businesses, my company itself is something powerful that ‘stands behind them’, and which gives them confidence and credibility when pitching for work against other agencies. They have the backing of a strong, diverse, proven, substantial organization, and this means a lot to potential clients looking for certainty and confidence, and to minimize risk.

For each of us, we have our ‘rocks.’ In business, they might be peers, bosses, mentors, partner companies.

And in life, well- we all know who stands behind us… or do we? We have family, and a small group of friends, and then maybe one or two surprising rocks who would be there if needed. Do you know who stands behind you? Do you appreciate it? Do you make sure they know you appreciate it?

And do you know who you stand behind? And do they know it?

Remember- “You’ll Never walk Alone”. Be clear who will be walking beside you. Don’t take it for granted. And make sure those you will walk alongside know you are there for them.

Not sure that all made sense or worked- but, for me, the job is done. I really liked “They Need To Know Who Stands Behind You.” It has given me strength, and food for thought. I hope it has somehow, in some small way, resonated with you.  Did it?

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11 Responses to A Short, Sharp Story That Will Give You Strength- Guaranteed

  1. Jess August 28, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Great post, Chris. Thank you for sharing. Reminds me of the Jane Howard quote (that is up on the wall at my yoga studio!)

    “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

    • Chris Savage August 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      Thanks Jessica- great quote!

  2. Jayne Albiston August 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Absolutely awesome. Really thought provoking! Thanks so much Chris!

    • Chris Savage August 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

      Thanks Jayne!!

  3. Amanda August 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    This brought a tear to my eye. 🙂 Very true. You can judge someone by the quality of the people that are in their world and who have their back.
    Lovely post Chris! See you soon!

    • Chris Savage August 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Thanks Amanda- soon indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Anjali August 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    My dad used to do the exact same thing! And he also said that utlimately what you do is your decision, but other people can often give you a perspective on the situation or a person that you may have missed – either because you lack the experience or emotionally too close to the problem/situation! And it always helps to have a second opinion! 🙂

    • Chris Savage August 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      So true Anjali

  5. Simon Hadfield August 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Enjoyable article once again Chris.

  6. Julie September 3, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Wanted to come back and reread this one. It is something you tend to take for granted but consciously thinking about who stands behind you and who in turn, you stand behind is very defining. Thank you so much Chris. I put it in my top ten!

    • Chris Savage September 4, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      Thanks Julie!

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