#936 Why Be Petulant…

When We Can Be Pearl Makers?

The other day Phil Stutz and I were rocking our Monday at 3:00pm Coaching session.

It was session number 100-and-something. I filled up another few pages of notes to add to my inches-thick stack from the last 2.5+ years.

The theme of that particular chat?



I almost hate to admit it, but it was all about me being what Phil called “petulant.”

(Yes, I was laughing (at myself) as I typed that.)

Right before our call (literally, a few minutes before), I got a little info regarding one of the administrative headaches (ahem) challenges I needed to deal with regarding the business and, well, I can tend to have an allergy to non-Deep Work reading/writing/teaching/repeating stuff and, well, I was petulant about it.



Before consulting my dictionary, I knew that the word essentially meant “whiney.”

The following morning, the first thing I did (after a poor night of sleep ruminating about said issue, btw) was open my dictionary to get the precise meaning of the word.

Enter: American Heritage for the win.

Its definition of petulant? “Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish.”

Uh. Yep. That’s about perfectly right.

Phil’s point in our chat was the fact that we can choose to do pretty much anything (!) we think is best to deal with any given challenge in life, but the mood with which we do it is extremely important.



Not a winning flavor. (Says Cap’n Obvious!)

The alternative?

Well… Rather than being “unreasonably” irritated why not be “wisely” irritated?

What’s the wisest, Optimus-best version of us do with any potential “irritants”?

We make pearls, of course. 🤓

That’s Today’s +1.

Find yourself teetering on the edge of Petulantville?

Have fun seeing if you can flip the switch.

Make some pearls.

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