Trumped!

Playing card with a blurry background, king of heartsThis week has been one of mixed emotions for the people of our country, and hopefully we can all now begin the healing process and come together for the good of all Americans as we’ve done in the past. My hope is that this article will bring a a little levity to the event, as well as provide some insight and meaning for you as well.

This week, we’ve truly experienced what it’s like to be “trumped.” And before you decide whether or not to read further, please bear with me a moment as there’s something really important we can all learn from it.

Hopefully everyone who’s read this far understands a little about card games. In some card games, there’s what’s called a “trump” suit. You can play a card from this suit if you don’t have a card of the other suit that’s being played.

Now imagine I’m playing my cards and they’re falling just the way I want them to.  I’ve taken every trick. Until bam, out of nowhere, my opponent trumps in with the King of Hearts in his hand. He takes the trick and then proceeds to rake in all of the remaining cards. How deflated I feel because I was so confident I was winning the whole hand. The problem is that I underestimated my opponent – or maybe he was just a little bit lucky. Either way, he won the hand and for the moment I must accept his win!

What should I do now? Hopefully get some better cards for my next hand or devise a new playing strategy.

It’s pretty much the same in business and life. You can’t rest on your past experience, your knowledge, or even your righteous beliefs and think you have all the cards. You have to remain vigilant in your values and beliefs and watch for ways you can make a difference in your own communities and in your own areas of influence. Keep a close watch on the environment, understand what motivates your competition, and do your best to meet your challenges head on.

Whether or not you win or lose, you need to look for your next opportunity where you can add value and create positive change, knowing that you can’t let one hand, one setback, or one election keep you from winning at your own game of life.

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One thought on “Trumped!

  1. Thanks for this article, Lorie. You made some excellent points. This was the strangest (and nastiest) election I’ve ever experienced, and I was saddened throughout to see how mean-spirited some people were about it. I have no problem with people campaigning for and supporting the candidate of their choice (that’s what it’s all about, right?) but when people I thought were friends started getting nasty with their emails and Facebook post, I was appalled. I don’t know how many times I saw Facebook posts saying “…and if you don’t agree/support ____ (my candidate), you are not my friend any more.” Really? I believe – I have to believe – that we can all come together now to support our country, our futures, and the futures of the many who will come after us. It will take time and a lot of work, but things will work out in the end – but only if we put aside all the crazy election talk and come back together once again. The election is over. The future is ahead. Look to the future.

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