(Right off the bat, let me assure you: this post has NOTHING to do with politics.)
If you’ve seen the TV drama ‘”Scandal”, you know Olivia Pope as the fictional “fixer” who averts or minimizes crises for the President of the United States. She swoops in and manages his reputation, spins events to his political advantage, and helps him avoid embarrassment. She can reframe the most compromising situations so he always looks respectable. (Of course, in the show, she also does other things – and so does he – that indicate questionable character, but I’ll limit my analogy to the “fixer” part of her role here.)
Here’s the thing: I often feel like I would like my own Olivia Pope. Someone who can run interference, polish me up, and make me seem like a better version of myself than I really am. And you know who I’m inclined to appoint to that position? Me.
I laughingly tell people all the time that my life’s goal is to: “Never humiliate yourself; others are far too willing to do it for you.” I’m only half kidding when I say that. But I don’t think I’m alone in this, am I? I think we’re all control freaks to some extent when it comes to how we want to be perceived by other people.
For example: Continue reading I’m Firing Olivia Pope