• Courtney Kirschaum

Has this ever happened to you? Where's the line?

When I was starting out, I gave talks at business conferences. In my most popular talk, I happened to quote Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He's got a helluva story.

Arnie immigrated to the US from Austria.

A world class body builder, he won Mr. Olympia seven times. Seven.

I can't keep most of my New Year's resolutions past March! #Respect.

He goes on to become a card-carrying movie star  - over 57 movies -  some of which he directed and produced. I mean the guyisthe Terminator.

Then he campaigns and is elected 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

At one conference, in a feedback form, someone suggested I should find a different person to quote. They said Arnold was "not appropriate."

Can you see it? They were cancelling the Terminator before cancelling was even a thing.

I didn't get what they took issue with until someone said to me,

"There's a big news story about him allegedly cheating and having a kid with another woman while he was married to Maria Shriver." 

I considered it for a second and thought, "Thanks for the feedback, but no thanks. This guy's accomplishments have a life of their own, whatever marital scuffle he's in the middle of." 

By the way, the quote was:

“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

I paired it with a story about an athlete who predates Schwarzenegger but who also proved what the Terminator says about the mind being the limit.  I'll tell you about later this week. It's an amazing story. Now, it's not like I'm a massive fan of The Arnold or anything like that.

It's just that when you look at anyone closely, you're going to find cracks and flaws. 

Where's the line?  When does your personal life corrupt your accomplishments?

Can it even?

Here's the answer:

you decide. 

Booster Shot is available for this week only.

If you're someone with the guts to decide for yourself, you're likely to find it enormously useful for pushing past limits into more exciting and profitable territory. 

If you're given to taking your cues from total strangers on random feedback forms, give it a pass. 

Go here to get started: https://www.courtneykirschbaum.com/boostershot

I'll be back!