Besides the references to smuggling alcohol during prohibition, or the particular cut of jeans, Bootleg is typically when something is an unauthorized or counterfeit. However, sometimes Bootleg is when you have settled for a less than replacement for Real.

Bootleg may be all that we can afford.

Bootleg may be all that we have access to at the moment.

Bootleg may be the cheaper alternative until our circumstances change.

But there is trouble with Bootleg.

We get used to Bootleg.

Our lives become entwined with Bootleg.

We have settled and moving from Bootleg to Real takes effort.

What was meant to be temporary has become permanent.

That relationship is comfortable, but not Real or deep.

That business partner works, but you are giving more than you receive.

That job pays the bills, but there is no inspiration.

Bootleg has a way of keeping us comfortable with less.

Don’t settle for Bootleg.

Real is sometimes more costly.

Real is deeper and more meaningful.

Real is what we all need.



About Carl Weber

Carl Weber, is the owner and founder of Carl Weber Consulting, a consulting group that helps businesses, non-profits, and individuals understand themselves, hire and manage well, and become great leaders. Carl worked in local government for more than ten years, as the Town Administrator of a few towns in NH. Once upon a time he was a search and rescue swimmer for the US Navy. Carl holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Political Science & Community Development and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Carl is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) and Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA). Carl regularly teaches on human factors and the relationship of behavior and leadership styles, as well as motivation, coaching, leadership challenges, and failing as a leader. His passion is to help leaders in their lifelong journey to finish well, to combat and work with their inner voice, and to live a meaningful story worth reading. Carl lives in Southern New Hampshire with his wife Amanda and together they are raising a small tribe of four young (somewhat crazy) women with the goal of unleashing them on the world to change it for the better.
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2 Responses to Bootleg

  1. Jessie Levine says:

    Applies to relationships too…

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