Bette Davis Didn't Jog: Three Truths to Run with to Build your Personal Brand

Agapi Stassinopoulos

Agapi Stassinopoulos

My  highlight  of last week was seeing the force of nature that is Agapi Stassinopoulos at a small business dinner  in the Village. She had manifested me there, but that's another story. The story is that we have common ground in knowing the respected Wharton School of Business powerhouse professor, Adam Grant. Being a big believer in Adam's theory of giving in business, I knew I had to meet Agapi. I'd already met her sister, Arrianna Huffington, and I was curious, of course, to see the woman who, in her own right, has made a difference in so many lives. 

Agapi defines Giving. Look the word up on Wikipedia. Her face should be there next to the word. Her energy could have powered the entire West Village. No one in the room, including the wait staff left that night without feeling that they mattered. As a leadership lesson, I took from this night, that I needed to be bold in an authentic way about asking for what I wanted so that I can be a better leader. The simple words of "How can I help?" and "Would you help me?" are all we need in making relationships that are win-win as leaders.


But I loved the Bette Davis line when she discussed the need for us to find the calm inside. "Calm is superpower! Stop running yourself into the ground for success. Remember who came before you...they possessed a calm. Bette Davis didn't jog, jog, jog!! Look how far she went." 

I live in a city that thrives on fast. Jogging? What about Spinning? Tindering?! So as I thought about the need to find that calm, Agapi led us to homework. Find the three words that are part of your truth, your calm, and try giving through those words. As I find myself in front of groups often as a speaker, I want to live my brand personality with those calm superpowers of truth. Here's mine. Find your own this week! And be proud of them.

My calm is rooted in a boundless, thoughtful  energy...

My calm is advanced by my curiosity...

My calm is connected to fearless desire to build relationships....

Please look to Agapi and her book of leadership lessons that are in the stories she shares in  "Unbinding the Heart", A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love. I read the book in a matter of days, and it has enriched my spirit, mind and body already! Love to share best practices in GIVING!