I Gotta Be Me
The extraordinarily talented Sammy Davis, Jr. used to sing this rather treacly anthem and make even it sound wonderful: I Gotta Be Me.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of working with ten top consultants in an improv class (assisted with great talent by my son who teaches these skills to other actors) and then applying the skills to office and meeting settings.
Next to us in the hotel was one of these conventions of 500 name tags, multiple meetings, and boring, droning speakers. All of these people did the same kind of mind-locking analytic work. And they sat throughout this scripted, regimented day gaining credits, or getting their ticket stamped, or just escaping the office for the time being, I don’t know.
All of us were extremely grateful to be doing what we’re doing, and having the opportunity and courage to do it.
We gotta be us.
© Alan Weiss 2014