Breakthrough at 10,000 Feet – Showing Up Isn’t Showing Off

Breakthrough rocked my world at 10,000 feet atop the Canyons mountain in Park City, Utah last month.

In a freaky coincidence my nephew Ken and his friend Dave were also skiing in Park City the same days my friend Steve and I were.

When the four of us hit the slopes on a sun drenched Saturday morning, Steve prodded me to jump out and ski ahead to show them how good a skier I am.

This was the first time Ken and I skied together. We didn’t even know each other skied. I just wanted to hang back and ski with him. I didn’t want him to feel I was showing off or worse, showing him up.

All morning Steve kept at me:

“You’re a great skier. Show him what you got.”

To get Steve to stop nagging me, I took off down the mountain on an especially fast run. When the guys caught up to me, I could see the “WOW” look in my nephew’s eyes.

His sister tells me he’s still talking about it.

My sports training instilled in me that you never show up anybody on the field of play. You go about your business and play for the love of the game.

I’ve always been careful not to show off. Sometimes I don’t play my best game if I think someone else might look or feel bad.

I had showing up confused with showing off.

I held myself back too many times because I didn’t want anyone to think I was showing off.

I had showing up confused with showing off.

There’s nothing pious about hiding your gifts under a rock.

Hiding deprives you and others of your contribution.

True humility is showing up and showing

what you’ve got.

Ken and I had a great morning together. Skiing created a bond between us I hope lasts a lifetime.

And I had a breakthrough that rocked my world.

Showing up is not showing off.
Don’t worry about showing off.

Show up.
Show what you’ve got.
Play your best game.

So I’m showing up.
I’m showing you what I’ve got.
I’m playing my best game.

Let’s see how we can play and win together.


You’re a player.
You CAN change the game.

I’ll meet you on the field again soon.


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