Trying new things and getting hurt will help you and your career

My face with a bandage over my chin
My face with a bandage over my chin
Ouch. Post-longboarding accident.
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What kind of crazy person would subject themself to so many opportunities for failure? What is the benefit of doing it? Why try something even if you know you’re going to fail? Why play a game knowing you’re going to lose?

Take these failures as opportunities to grow and learn more. The learning curve for most skills ends up being this: the more talented you get, the more you realize how much more you have to learn. Often the ceiling is near-endless. At one point, we thought The Beatles was a revolutionary band that shook the core of society with its racey guitar riffs. Now we have some incredibly technical music that would have been unthinkable at the debut of The Beatles.

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“you can’t make an omlette without breaking a few eggs” — François de Charette

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  1. I’m more scared of needles than falling on a longboard so the thought of future stitches does not encourage me.
  2. What the visceral fat in my chin looks like from the open wound
  3. Stitches need to be done a few hours after the wound occurs to prevent scarring.
  4. If you’re thinking about stitches, you should probably get them.
  5. I have a new respect for the difficulty of skateboarding. I know why people enjoy the rush and being able to easily carry it with them everywhere.
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I welcome the next risk with a curious mind and a tough skin.

Web software developer, leader, speaker and writer. Lover of horror games, craft beer, and rock climbing.

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