Who will come in and get you?

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If you know me, most likely you already know that I am a huge Carpenters fan and aficionado. And I realize that if you are of a certain (younger) age, you might not even know who the Carpenters are (a very successful brother and sister singing duo in the ‘70s).

Believe it or not, the Carpenters have informed me of some key concepts that I love to share in my coaching, keynotes and workshops. That may sound crazy, and yet when we become obsessed with something (i.e. Rick loves the Carpenters!) we learn loads and it becomes a big influencer in our lives.

Case in point:
While creating the Bigger Game with Laura Whitworth, she created the term “Come In and Get Me Ally” which describes a person (or team of people) who will “come in and get me” when I am going in a direction that will not serve. They are the type of ally that will intervene and ward off bad decisions, or have the courage to say to me that enough is enough and point me in a different direction.

Karen Carpenter died of heart failure after many years of battling anorexia nervosa. It was truly a tragic ending to a remarkably successful singing career. Being her number one fan, I remember that my Dad phoned me the day of her passing to make sure that I was okay.

While I don’t know the exact details of her tragic ending, I wonder if she had a “Come In and Get Me Ally” in her life. I really don’t know if she did or not; to be clear, the point I’m trying to make is that we should all have at least one consciously designed “Come In and Get Me” ally.

What about you? Can you identify your “Come In and Get Me Ally?” Someone who can see past your blind spots and help keep you on track.

Personally, I have 6 people on my “Come In and Get Me” team, and I pay a few of them really good money to do so (I consider this a worthwhile investment; it has paid back in both psychic and dollar income big time).

I will always miss the amazing talent of Karen Carpenter and her voice that created such a deep sense of the pathos of life, and I can only imagine where her career may have gone.

More to come-

1 Comment

  • Ruthie Urman Reply

    Love this Rick and yes of course I do remember you talking about the carpenters. And absolutely, I agree that it adds to your stories and to your heartfelt nature about who you are so that we can more clearly see you and witness you. Thank you for being you. And only you.

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