IKudos, tip of the hat to those that have been around me and mentored me in these ways and areas over the years because I've seen these things. I've been really tightened up about them, and they're exceptional skills to develop because then you can hold your own. You can go out and do your own business deals, you can go out and put your own ventures together and go stand for yourself in the room. You can smell what's going on.
Even in audition rooms I walk into, and I know if the casting team and the production is coming to me with good intention. My agent and I, we chat about this on occasion as well because I can smell that in the room the other way, too. You think you walk into an audition room and they have all the power. Well that's not necessarily the case, friends. Because I walk into those rooms and I say, "Hmm, I wonder. Something doesn't feel right in this room. They're too easy." I haven't even done anything yet and they're just far too casual. Then I've done something and they're still far too casual. It doesn't matter what I do. I could stand on my head and bark like a dog right now and nobody would flinch. They wouldn't flinch because they're indifferent to what I'm about to do. Well, they're indifferent to what I'm about to do because they've already cast the role I'm reading for. So why am I here?
There's a whole line of philosophy and theory about why I'm still there and why that's still valuable, and still seize the opportunity and all that good stuff. But there's an element of that that the read, because of my experience of intuitively reading rooms and people and circumstances like this with a filter for pure intention, a filter for what is real in front of me, and who I should work with and not, and use that as a barometer for engagement. I can see and sense and read that there's already something that's occurred in the room that has nothing to do with what I'm doing there. I can pick these things up.
Similar in a boardroom, right? I mean this is the same thing. What are these guys up to? Eventually, I'll figure it out. I always do. I actually always do. My intuition is very sharp, and with many, that closes them off. It closes them off because they don't have pure intentions. They don't want to tell me what they're up to because they know I'm all over them. There's not really much they can do about it, because if we're tied together in business already, and their intentions aren't pure, I'm going to call them on it. I should, because it's in everybody's best interest that I do. Same with you, and everybody's best interest that you do as well.
With others, I was chatting with earlier today about purity of intention, and just said, "Don't even bother." Don't show up thinking you're smarter than everybody else. Don't think you're cleverer than anyone else or everybody else. Don't think you're just going to show up and pull wool over people's eyes and go strut down the street and play games with people. There are people that have decades of experience, more than I do in even doing business at the level that I already am at doing and are wizards beyond your wildest at reading these types of things. The best you can do is show up as an open book, and be honest about your strengths, your weaknesses, your faults, your hopes, your dreams and your wishes.
Now, you don't need to share those with everybody, but you should share them with those that have pure intention, that have enough integrity and strength in and of themselves, no matter how much experience they have or not, to hold space for those details and characteristics of yourself, your path and your purpose in your journey to hold space for them and honor them, and not just use them against you. If you give those gifts to the wrong people, those are going to come back to haunt you because now you're showing too much of your hand, you're showing your full deck of cards, and so on and so forth. But be open.