What do you do when someone you look up to lets you down? That's a question I have been asking myself a lot lately. You see I have been dealing with three such disappointments all within the same 30-day span. It really has been hard for me to see three people that I have admired, fall from grace.
The first was a long time business friend and local celebrity that I've known and respected for twenty years. Just last month he pled guilty to a federal crime that I can't even begin to discuss. When I heard the news from a mutual friend, it was complete shock and awe. I couldn't believe my ears, so I googled it, I couldn't believe my eyes and then it became real when I saw it on TV. It took me a few weeks to shake the overwhelming feeling of disgust, sadness and disappointment.
The second came in the form of the resignation of The Ohio State's beloved head coach of 10 years. I had the privelege of meeting the coach back in 1999 when we co-hosted a Team Builder for my (then) sales team at his previous University. I remember listening to him speak with such passion and conviction that I hung on every word he said. He was so motivating and he made such an impact on me that this 'born and raised Pennsylvania girl' became an Ohio State fan the minute he accepted the job as head coach. After all was said and done he resigned because he failed to acknowledge that some of his players may have violated NCAA rules. I know he did the right thing for the school he served so well and I accept his heartfelt apology, but it's still a huge letdown.
The third is someone that I barely know but have really grown to admire over the past year until I realized that "she's not all that I built her up to be". Bummer. Let's just leave it at that.
Everyone must deal with disappointment. Just find someone else to look up to.
Look on the bright side,