Life lessons from Adele

At the Grammys in 2016, Adele’s live performance of All I Ask was blighted by sound problems. Speaking on The Ellen Show later that week, she said, ‘Next time I have any sound issues, I am going to start over. [I’ll say,] “Sorry, that’s not working for me.”‘

Fast forward to this year’s Grammys where Adele was invited to perform a tribute to her hero and friend, George Michael. Forty five seconds into a slowed down, orchestral version of Fastlove, she realised she’d got off to a very shaky start and did what she said she’d do: she stopped and started again.

I have huge respect for anyone who has the self-awareness to realise things aren’t working and the determination and confidence to take action to address the problem. Asking for a second chance, or a ‘do over‘ as my friends in the US call it, is surely a sign of strength.

Today’s pebble for your consideration: are you realising that you’re doing something you really ought to stop and start again? Will you do so?

Any thoughts?


Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching.

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