Can You Have Your Cake AND Eat It Too?

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: What is perfection?

When my son was young I wanted to be the perfect mother. Each Spring a version of this cake adorned a magazine, and I always intended to make it. There seemed to be an inherent message that if I made it, it was physical proof that I loved my son.

But as a divorced and working mother, I always felt I fell short of even mediocre. I struggled with balance between the maternal and professional. So I tried for image in both.

We were invited to celebrate Easter dinner with friends. Our assignment was wine and dessert, and on a whim I decided to make this cake.

The young me would have spent hours trying to make it look perfect. The me of today wanted to make sure it tasted great.

I laughed at my foibles with the coconut and the distraction of eating more jelly beans than made it on top. I added the cotton candy Peeps because I wanted to even though they look ridiculous. They are delicious!

My son is now a single parent raising two children and working his tail off. I know he feels the stress. What proves your love when you juggle so much?

Bedtime stories. Hugs and praises. The alphabet song sung in the car.

What proves your work? Genuine effort. Commitment to improve. Determination to work hard.

Content over image every time.

About the author, Michael

I am an executive leader, sales trainer, and author, with over 25 years of experience delivering motivational speeches and training sessions to audiences worldwide. I have a unique range of experience, from my beginnings as a Catholic school teacher to managing hundreds of people and hundreds of millions of dollars as Vice President of US Sales for two global medical device companies.

In 2016, I published my first book, Tell Me More, to share my leadership mantra. Through a strategy of active listening and observational questioning, we become better leaders, better sales people, and we can deliver on phenomenal customer experiences. Through this podcast, we’ll see how the Tell Me More process is at work in the business world today.

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