What's It All About, Alfie?

Lah dee dah...Lah dee dah...

The first two lines on this page are from popular movies from...well, a while back. And to this day they can still pop to the surface of my mind like a beachball in the surf.

Why is that?

I mean, "Lah dee dah" from Annie Hall? C'mon. That's just crazy. Only it's not.

Like many baby boomers, I was doused in media images from the time I could talk. Even those black and white TVs with all of 3 channels were incredibly captivating to these young impressionable eyes.

Of course I didn't know at the time what I was being taught in exchange for watching Andy Griffith take away Barney Fife's bullet, among other life lessons. (Actually, that would have been one of the few good ones.)

The networks did their best to capture my mom's attention so they could sell her Oscar Mayer bacon, Shake-And-Bake and Hamburger Helper. (they were pretty successful at this)

But other lessons were seeping into my half-formed brain: "Don't question authority". "The Other is bad". "Business men are bad". "You're not good enough".


I got the message. I hid. For a long, long time. Until one day I couldn't take the pain of hiding anymore...

But you know, some people never get those messages. They have an inborn guidance system stronger than their training. They make lousy students while in school, but if they're allowed to grow up, they become Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Warren Buffet.

The rest of us either never learn the lessons of self-authority, or maybe we learn what they mean intellectually, but never actually absorb the lessons into our lives.

Then when we go to make a video, all hell breaks loose. We suddenly notice the "flaws", our looks, that maybe we don't actually know anything anyway, and on and on.

These "observations" are not observations at all. They're projections. We're responding to the lessons of our past like good little soldiers. But this neither serves us nor the people whom we profess to want to help.

When I had finally got tired of hiding, I got serious about recapturing my birthright. I decided it was the only way I was going to be of service. I was lucky. I was doing video, behind the camera at that time, and found that it wasn't just a way to sell stuff. It was also something kind of magical.

It was a school of inner life; the way to integrate personal authority with business authority. Whatever I responded to negatively was a chance to go to a higher place while simultaneously going deeper.

Eventually it became a way to project a natural authority that I had come to feel in a way that was more than just hit or miss.

The same is true for you. Your birthright is your inborn authority. Doing video is both a way of discovering it and a way of communicating it.

Barney is gone now, and so is his bullet. But you have a veritable arsenal at your disposal in the lessons on this website and in The 60 Second Authority. I hope you enjoy them, and if you have questions, just email me at steve@visibleauthority.com.

To quote a certain radio psychiatrist, I'm listening. (thanks, Frasier...)

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