Fool me once.

Ciao you clever and compassionate human...

It's rumored that when Bill Clinton left office not only did he and Hillary take the White House furniture (which they later had to return), but his political staff removed all of the "W's" from the keyboards on every computer, simply out of spite for the incumbent George Walker Bush, Jr., and his team. 

Kinda funny. Kinda cruel.

Clinton is a Rhodes Scholar and one of the best communicators you'll ever hear.

Bush, Jr. (to his credit) attended both Yale and Harvard, yet he still doesn't get the points he deserves in the intelligence department. 

It might have something to do with his infamous "Fool me once" gaff. If you're not old enough to remember it, that's what YouTube is for. 

I think history might hold Junior in higher regard than old Slick Willy. We'll have to wait and see. Don't even get me started on number 45. 

So, onto what I wanted to write about today.

Here's the thing: it's easy to be fooled once. 

True story. 

But, only fools are fooled twice. 

In coaching, I often encourage people to look at their pattern of behavior. If bad things are constantly happening around them most of the time, I point out one simple-common-denominator: themselves.

Maybe you can relate?

Or, maybe you think you've just got the worst luck in the world.

At the risk of offending you: you're the fool. 

Did you know fool means, "empty-headed-person"? 

There's an ancient saying which reads: "As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly."

Not a pretty picture. But it is a truthful one. And, which communicates exactly what foolishness looks like.

If you keep dating the same type of toxic person...
Constantly landing in jobs with horrible bosses...
Can't help but be taken advantage of by so-called "friends" in business...
Or, you continually find yourself surrounded by a bunch of crazies...

Sorry, amigo, but you only need to look into the mirror to figure out what's not working. 

But don't beat yourself up too bad. Every person on the planet has been there.

The secret to life is to learn from your mistakes. So you don't make them again. And, again. And, again.

You see, wisdom is the ability to make better and better decisions based on past experience. 

If you need a bit of help navigating your current patterns of behavior, then I'm your guy. It's one of the things I'm great at. And, I've wrecked my own life enough times to know a thing or two about a thing or two when it comes to overcoming your foolishness.

Here's to breaking the cycle...

Steve Knox


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