Typically, “bringing the cup home” is a good thing. Unfortunately, not all awards are for positive achievement.
There are a few friends that I talk to regularly, usually while driving to work in the morning. These morning calls have become a way to connect with each other, but they serve another purpose: determining who brought the cup home that week.
This is no ordinary cup. This cup signifies personal failure either with our wives, our kids, or at work. I won’t tell you what we actual call this cup, but think of a good term for when someone is not at their best or kind of a jerk and you will be on the right track.
Our conversations can be pretty funny.
“So, get this. I came home from work and within 2 minutes yelled at the kids.”
“During an argument I said she was a lot like her mother.”
“While in a meeting today, I came across like a total jerk when I tried to convey my position. It was definitely a CLM (career limiting move).”
Why do we do this? It is not that we are proud of these failures. As I said, no one wants this cup at their house. The reason we talk about these shortcomings is to get them out into the open, discover the cause, and try to grow and develop past these issues. The ability to be transparent about who you really are is a great first step. Speaking out these failures provides a level of accountability that helps us remember to think before we speak, to be more patient, and not excuse away our behaviors.
How often do you bring the cup home? Where do you fail? Do you have someone or a few someones to talk through these issues? If not, perhaps today is a good place to start. These conversations certainly helped us grow, and created the kind of friendships that run deep. We all need the kind of friends who are not afraid to speak the truth when we bring the cup home.
By the way, we are looking for suggestions or ideas to build an actual cup that could be passed from house to house. But it should be hideous enough that no one would actually want it in their home.