It’s not always easy, and we might not agree with all of the decisions made that we have little to no control over, but the fact remains: The longer you’re a public servant, the more you realize that change is inevitable.
Back in May, I had the pleasure of attending my 2nd Social Media Camp here in Victoria.
There were so many amazing speakers and I learned far too much to reiterate here, except for the one lesson that stands out the most: Be a duck.
C.C. Chapman was the Keynote closing speaker. For those of you who’ve never heard of him, C.C. is an author, a photographer, a blogger, a marketing expert, and one of the leaders in creative social media.
The “Be a Duck” lesson comes from his new book Amazing Things Will Happen (which I immediately bought a copy of).
In a nutshell, you’ve got to learn to live with situations that you have no control over. Be a duck! What do ducks do when the rain starts falling? Basically… nothing! They keep on swimming as if nothing has changed.
So, when you become frustrated by things beyond your control, remember a duck in the rain.
If you’re not quite sure how to keep your feathers unruffled, check out C.C. Chapman’s “Be a Duck” video clip on YouTube (2 minutes):
My other favorite chapter/lesson is “Life is Too Short For Bad Wine”… but that’s another kind of blog post altogether.