Last night we were invited to Christine Springer and Daniel Pociernicki’s home in San Francisco for a reading salon. It was the first public reading of my book. I chose to read the preface and part of the last chapter.
Here’s a selection from the preface:
HOW DID HE DO IT?
On November 4, 2008, 66 million people elected Barack Obama the 44th president of the United States. How did he, a young man with a brief resume, make this dream come true?
All the pundits weigh in: “He’s smart.” “He’s savvy.” “He put together a great team.” “He raised a phenomenal amount of money.” All true, but not the whole truth. Through my eyes as a performance coach I see something more fundamental.
Obama has all three traits that I discuss in this workbook. He is calm, confident and focused, and that makes people trust him and believe in him. He never loses his cool, he never seems dejected or bitter at a loss, and it certainly doesn’t make him lose steam and he is never off-message. Obama’s story is especially amazing when you take in the challenges he had to overcome—an African American with little money, virtually no experience on the international stage, and with the middle name Hussein.
Calm, confident and focused. To many this combination seems elusive and mystical, improbable to achieve. Not so. Barack Obama wanted the presidency and on the path to achieving his goal he had to pass many tests. He passed them all with these invaluable traits.Not everyone wants to be president. But anyone can learn to be calm, confident and focused. We all have that potential.You too can cultivate these qualities. You too can succeed at even the most difficult tests. Let me show you how.