“I’m sort of a spy.”

This is how a recently discovered, but now-deceased nanny-turned-street-photographer described herself in a new documentary about her life. I loved this statement for the spirit and the sentiment behind it. It hit home for me. Like a lot of young boys coming-of-age in the heyday of the James Bond boom, I’d always semi-secretly wished that I’d grow up to be a spy someday. Well, that never really materialized for me, or did it?

In some ways, my work today from my photography to my philosophies and speaking is actually very spy-like (or at least I like to think so). I enjoy inconspicuously peering into the complex phenomenon of human psychology and behavior, and gaining new perspectives from my perceptions. I call it “seeing things” and it’s truly this core principle that brings me the greatest joy and feelings of contribution. Sometimes, the details around getting it all out there are challenging, but the effort is worth it in the long run. It has to be, or I’d have stopped a long, long time ago. And if you can’t tell, I’m not stopping…

Stay tuned-in…


Tom Leu, MS/CPC is an Author, Professional Speaker & Published Photographer, Communichologist™ & Radio & TV Host. A National Speakers Association member, Tom talks shiFt™ empowering audiences to "See Things inside Sound Matters" to then begin DOING things differently to affect improved personal & professional outcomes.

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