Sitting on the Sidelines

If we’re doing anything productive with our life, we’re going to have to deal with problems and criticism. It’s just part of the deal.

But too often, we let these transient issues take over our life. We pout. We sulk. We get angry. We dwell on them for far too long.

In his book “Do The Work”, author Steven Pressfield talks about a time when he was in this same situation and a friend helped to get him out of his funk:

“Tony Keppelman snapped me out of it by asking if I was going to quit. Hell, no (I replied)! “Then be happy,” he said. “You’re where you wanted to be, aren’t you? So you’re taking a few blows. That’s the price for being in the arena and not on the sidelines. Stop complaining and be grateful.””

Far too often many of us discount the fact that we’re blessed with the opportunity to make a living doing something that we enjoy, and we find ourselves getting depressed and overwhelmed by the smallest little obstacle.

We forget that the only people who get hit are the ones who are in the fight.

In my book, that beats sitting on the sidelines every time.


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