4 Life Lessons from George “No Show” Jones

The Possum Strikes Again… They don’t call him “No Show Jones” for nothing!

Photo courtesy of The Jackson Sun

As a disclaimer, I am a George Jones fan and very disappointed as I opened the newspaper this morning.  The headlines in The Jackson Sun read, “George Jones Concert Canceled Citing Contract Issues”.  You can read the story here, http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20121206/NEWS01/121206016/George-Jones-concert-canceled-citing-contract-issues-, but the larger story is how we got here.  The real lesson from all of this is what led up to the unfortunate cancellation on his farewell tour stop, and why people are responding in a “I told you so” manner.

4 Life Lessons from George “No Show” Jones

1.  Your word is your bond – When you say you are going to do something…do it!  I am reminded of playing baseball throughout the summers, and being invited to go do other things instead of play in the next baseball game.  My parents would remind me of the commitment I made, followed by a declaration that I would be on the baseball field.

2.  People’s time matters to themGeorge Jones received his reputation from not showing up for concerts…the night of the show.  With this most recent stunt, he at least gave a week’s notice.  The old George would have a packed arena and simply not show up.  When you have an appointment scheduled with someone…keep your appointment.  I know emergencies come up, but you should do everything in your power to honor your commitment.  What message are you communicating when you are consistently not showing up, or honoring your commitment?  You are saying loud and clear…”You are not as important as everything else going on in my life.”

3.  Your past matters – I am not suggesting that forgiving and forgetting is not part of what we are called to do, because it is.  What I am saying is your previous actions will determine how people will think of you and relate to you going forward.  George Jones would not be receiving the criticism he is today if he didn’t have a history of not showing up.  If we want the way people think of us to change, we need to give them some new and different things to think about.

4.  Guard your reputation – It takes a lifetime to build one, and a second to tear it down.  Not showing up damages your reputation.  The most recent news, regarding George Jones, stated the days of “No Show Jones” were over…well maybe not.  Unfortunately, George seems to be guarding his no show reputation, even with his farewell tour.

I was looking forward to hearing some of the classics; “Choices”, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”, and “The Race Is On”.

Maybe next time…maybe?

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