If you have been following me for awhile, you have heard me refer to my board of directors with a certain level of frequency. I don’t call them out individually by name because they know who they are, they know the roles they play, and they know at any given moment, if they need me I’ll be there for them.
Having an inner circle is nice and it is a very catchy buzz phrase. But when you get down to the nitty gritty, are the people who are in your inner circle also in your corner? Do they have your back? Do you protect your personal brand as if it was their own? Are they so fiercely loyal to you that no one with good common sense would dare utter a negative word about you within earshot of them? Do you have people in your corner who take offense to transgressions against you as if it happened to them? When you are ready to walk out of the arena because you are afraid of getting scarred, do they take you by the hand and say, “Let’s go. I got your back”. Can you go to them with your hurt and disappointment without fear of judgment? Well, do you?
The folks who are in your corner have most likely seen you at your absolute worse and have stuck by you when others have turned their backs on you. The people who are in your corner see your faults and won’t let you define yourself by them. They are the people you call when warm and fuzzy won’t do and you need a gut punch of reality. The folks in the corner remind you that you are greater than your fear. They have your back.