What Your Cards Say About You

Guest Post By Archie McNab

We Don’t All Have The Same Cards, Your Cards Are Better

Some time ago my brother was showing his exasperation at one of his employees who had been shown how to complete a simple task numerous times, and yet somehow mastery of it had eluded him. My brother turned to a good friend of mine named Jussi and expressed his opinion that some tasks just weren’t made for some people or vice versa. Jussi replied that we haven’t all been dealt the same cards, and therein lies the root of the problem.

your cards

Your cards and mine are not going to be the same.

To treat everyone exactly the same, and to expect the same results, is as much a definition of insanity as Einstein’s classic definition. That sort of logic will only work when everyone is exactly the same, or as Jussi would say, ‘we have all been dealt the same cards’. You and I know better of course.

everyone is differentEveryone is different and that’s part of the beauty of the human race. It creates the most interesting personal interactions imaginable, but it also creates headaches for coaches, teachers and marketers.

The cookie cutter approach doesn’t work well when it comes to teaching skills, or encouraging people to do things that they normally don’t do. Thus, over a period of time, teachers and coaches have developed a whole bag of tricks and approaches that may only work well on 2 % of the population at any given time.

The trick is to realize when it is the right time to use a particular approach. They have come to realize that we don’t all learn the same way, much less at the same speed.

Marketers have refined it even further, and they will employ almost any tactic that they can in order to make a sale. Mass marketers are well aware of the fact that most people will react in a certain way given a certain set of circumstances, but you can’t count on everyone following along without questions being asked.

Email marketers will do back flips if they can get a 40% response ratio from their lists. When you’re involved in marketing and sales, especially sales at an individual level, you are going to have to accept that we don’t all have the same cards or the same sales triggers.


Why Your Cards Don’t Matter As Much As You Think

I have been blessed and have gotten to work with some incredibly intelligent and very talented people. It has never failed to amaze me that they will limit their effectiveness and contributions to the world through self harm or by adopting negative behaviours.

On the other hand, I have worked with people who you might say have been dealt a poor hand or given very few cards for the game of life, and yet they have utilized their cards to the max and built a very good life for themselves. Often they have a such a cheery disposition and an unclouded view of the world both current and future that I can’t help but admire and to be very honest, envy just a tad.

Be Grateful That Your Cards Are What They Are

Odds are very good that if you are reading this you are among the top five percent of the world’s population in so many ways. You may not be eating steak and lobster every night, but you likely aren’t starving. You likely have a dry safe bed to lay in at night. You can read, you have access to a computer, and you’re probably like me and have clothes saved we both know we aren’t going to fit into anymore.

You likely have a job or a business, or both, and if you don’t you likely have opportunities to either get a job or start aa good hand business. Many of the world’s inhabitants don’t. They aren’t holding the same lucky hand we have. Don’t believe me, just turn on the TV or computer and have a look at the Philippines, Northern Nigeria, Syria or any other part of the globe that you know nothing about. I promise, it will be an eye opener. Just imagine yourself standing in front of the collapsed framework, squatting amongst the squalor or hiding in fear of your life.

I think then you will agree with me that we are holding a good hand after all. I don’t know about your cards, but I’m holding a royal flush.


Till Next Time…

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4 Responses to “What Your Cards Say About You”

  1. Robert David Strong Says:

    Good afternoon Sigrid,

    This post hits home on so many different levels, people need to realize that treating everyone the same, giving them the same training, inspiring them the same ways DOES NOT WORK…..

    As a leader and a coach, I know that there are different people on my team that need a different type of training, video, or inspiration as there is not one type (cookie cutter) training that works for everyone….

    And no matter what your past has been, that is the past, you can not change it, it’s there….but you can change who you are going to be….that has not happened yet!

    Great post and here is a quick question…. do you believe in the No Child Left Behind Law…..?
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    Hey Robert,
    Thanks so much for your insightful comments.

    Recognizing that not all people learn or respond the same way is one of the things that makes you a truly inspiring coach Robert.
    And you are so right, the past is what it is. We need take one step at a time and move forward.

    Robert, being from Canada, I don’t know a lot about the No Child Left Behind Law, but I have researched it a bit. The basic premise seems good, but it appears to be administered by each state individually. I wonder how that is working?
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  2. Jeff McGeary Says:

    Hey Sigrid-

    Very thought-provoking post! I think giving thanks and being grateful for what you DO have is very powerful.

    As you point out, look at other countries around the globe and then look at your current situation. Your ability to even be on a computer and read this post, even that! Think about it.

    Also our “cards” are never a determination of our future. Be the change you want to see!

    Great work!
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    I agree Jeff, I stop and look at things to be grateful for all day long.
    It is so easy to get wrapped up in the daily grind, or the crazy paced world we live in
    And forget to give thanks.
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