I hate to have to be the one to tell you this, but someone’s after your behind.
“Scott? I don’t know any Scott.”
“Sure you do, Scott.”
I am reminded every so often that all of us cannot be what we want to be when we grow up. Most of us can’t be astronauts, the President, World Series Champions or anything else that we dream of being when we are kids.
This realization is usually part of our turning the corner on our childhoods. For many of us who survive all that is growing up in sketchy areas of the country and world, just making it to adulthood in and of itself is an accomplishment.
Those little boys and girls who do grow up to be men and women should always remember to try and do their best. Just because we don’t become astronauts or World Series champions doesn’t make us failures. Surviving the first disappointments of life is important in order to not get lazy or complacent later on.
Survival brings confidence as it should. But the confidence won’t last if it’s not followed by hard work. A good work ethic along with a sense of humor helps buffer the many disappointments life gives us. Being able to laugh each day, or bring laughter to someone else’s day, speaks of a confident, successful person, no matter their seeming lack of stature in life.
Youth, like the rest of life, is fleeting. We are reminded of this over and over again in the sporting world. We watch our heroes, seemingly immortal at the peak of their powers when 28, suddenly become much less than that—striking out, throwing interceptions, losing races and just well, losing, when all they did when they were young was win.
The business world can be a great equalizer; it can be forgiving and uncaring with respect to age. You can arrive in business in terms of being a success at almost any age. The benefit of surviving to your midlife years for instance, can serve you well when faced with decisions in business that you might have botched as an indecisive, ignorant, less knowledgeable youth.
So, the moral of this short, Sunday story is that it’s alright to give up your childhood dreams and just do the best you can. This is all the majority of us can do, anyway, when it comes to what path in life we take. Another thing that hopefully can be gleaned from this brief piece is that you need to keep smiling, keep laughing, keep making others laugh and keep trying.
You may never hit the big time, but the big time isn’t all it’s cracked up to be; there’s nowhere to go but down once you’re there, so don’t think it’s such a great place to be. Plus, even if you’re on top of the world, someone may flip you off. But don’t get angry. Think about how funny you look when you’re pissed. It’s all I can do to keep from laughing at your pissed off indignation right now.
Additionally, and while you were thinking about that, you missed a call from Al.
Al be seeing you. Happy Monday eve.