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Why Leigh Was So Nervous About Sending This Email to Marie


Author:   Glenn Shepard
Date:   April 29, 2014
Category:   Careers




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Dear Glenn,


How would you draw the line between treating someone like a child because they are acting like a child, and expecting people to act like adults?


Mit freundlichen Grüßen -

(Yours sincerely),


- Chris in Germany


Dear Chris,


No matter our age, all of us have two people inside of us.   

     There's a mature adult who knows right from wrong and understands that actions have consequences.

      There's also a child who doesn't want to grow up and lives in a fantasy world where they aren't responsible for anything and there are no consequences to their actions.

      Explain to the employee in question that when they act like a mature, responsible adult, they'll be treated accordingly. When they act like a child, they'll  also be treated accordingly. The choice is theirs, but their choices will have consequences.


Velen Dank für Ihre Frage.


- Glenn in Nashville, TN

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If you’ve ever thought that being nervous about calling or emailing someone you look up to goes away the more you succeed, think again.


Recently, a young singer named Leigh wanted to email a young singer named Marie and ask her to sing a duet with her.


Just one problem.


She was so nervous that she couldn’t send the email. She said, “It was like I was writing to someone I had a crush on and you don't want to mess it up."


She finally got the nerve to send it and was devastated when she got no response. She told her husband, “She hates me and she hates the song. She's probably going to change her email address”.


Marie finally responded a few days later with, “I think it's awesome. Let's do it!”


But Leigh's jitters didn’t stop.


When they got together to record, she told her husband, “I'm in over my head. I don't know what I've done!"


You’d expect this from a new artist, but Leigh's far from new.


Leigh is Grammy Award winning superstar Miranda Leigh Lambert, who has won the  ACM Female Vocalist of the Year award five consecutive times (the most in the history of country music).


Her husband is Blake Shelton, who’s had 24 hit singles of his own, and is a judge on the hit TV show “The Voice”.


And Marie is Carrie Marie Underwood.


Yet even after having achieved more success than most people dream of, Miranda was nervous about asking Carrie to do the duet.


Even ultra-high achievers get nervous. What separates them from the pack is that they aren't afraid to ask, even when they’re afraid of getting turned down.


The next time you get nervous about emailing or calling someone and asking for something, remember that you’re not alone.


The worst thing people can do to you is say no. The worst thing that you can do to yourself is not ask.




To Your Success,



Glenn Shepard




P.S. For the younger readers who’ve never tried it, “calling” people is something we did in the old days, when people actually talked to each other instead of texting. You should try it sometime.





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