The Hard Way

We’ve all heard the phrase “Work smarter, not harder.” It’s intended as a glib admonishment to seek out the most efficient manner in which to apply your efforts.

For me, that phrase has always been like a rock in your boot. It connotes that being smart and working hard are mutually exclusive. Or that smart people manifest their intelligence by finding ways around hard work.

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For me, rejection has never equaled failure.  Not even “failure” has ever equaled failure.  Because failure is just an illusion, a bump along the road.  A bump that we all stumble over at some point.  But, after stumbling, many people point at the bump and they name the bump “Failure”.  Then they sit down on the road, right next to that bump and never go any further.

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When people hear about my professional background they will sometimes say things like… “I wish I was fearless like you.”

Now there are a myriad of directions that the conversation could go next, all starting with an explanation of how I’m not actually fearless, I just act that way. (And please, no comments about how crazy people don’t feel fear, I’ve heard them all). In my case, it’s just that I’m not afraid of the kinds of things that many people have been conditioned to be fearful of; such as scary people, physical pain or things that go bump in the night.

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Whose Rules Rule You?


This photo of me was taken yesterday. And as you can see, at 5’9″ and 190 pounds, I am clearly overweight. Actually, very overweight. To be precise, my Body Mass Index, (or BMI), is 28.1. This puts me at the high end of the BMI’s overweight spectrum which runs from 25.1 to 29.5 for adult males who are 5’9″.

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