My worst summer job was as a piano accompanist for a girl’s singing class.
The piano part was nice and fine. It was the last day of class that ruined everything. That was the day that the teacher and all the students asked me to sing.
I can’t sing. I told them that.
I mean, I can sing. Physically, I can sing a song.
I just can’t do it in tune.
But they begged. And so, with extreme reluctance, I agreed.
When I opened my mouth and tried to sing, the teacher and the entire class looked at me in horror.
The primary definition of tone deafness is the inability to sense the difference between two tones.
I can sense the difference.
The secondary definition is the inability to match a tone or melody when you’re singing.
I can’t do this. Not even close.
When I tried to sing in that class, it was the manifestation of my worst nightmare. I nearly cried right there in front of all the 9-year-old girls.
Which leads us to Braden Wallake.
The Big Mistake
Braden Wallake is the CEO of a company called Hypersocial.
Earlier this year he had 17 people on staff and had to fire 2 of them for reasons that don’t matter here.
As a new leader, he had never fired anybody before. Understandably, he was stressed about it.
He fired the employees, but was so emotionally overwrought about it that it led him to tears.
Emotions are fine. I will give him the benefit of the doubt for breaking down in tears, especially as a first-time CEO.
But it was really the two things he did next that blew my mind.
The Two Things That Blew My Mind
One. He took a picture of himself crying. Here it is 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽