RockStar Lawyer Book 1,
Chapter 1: (Partial)
You Are Either On Stage Or In The Crowd
Don't get stuck in the crowd
THE MAN IN THE ARENA
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
... the point... Choose to be on stage.
When I first heard that quote it made perfect sense to me. It holds great truths and guidance to the point that I felt, if I just followed the wisdom in Teddy Roosevelt’s words, I would find myself stepping up on that stage.
As you progress through this book, you may find that each point in the above Teddy Roosevelt quote is represented in every chapter. I urge you before reading any further, to re-read it slowly, and really take it in.
Some of you I’m sure are thinking, I would rather be in the crowd than up on that stage.
On stage you are exposed and vulnerable. There is no security, no one to hold your hand, it’s just you. If you can imagine that feeling of stepping up on stage, with all those eyes watching you, all expecting great things of you, how do you see yourself?
Are you dynamic, raising your arms up and sending a rush of positive excited energy into the hearts of everyone there? Or, do you see a smaller version of yourself standing on a massive stage, and the first thing you say is, “Er?’ It’s still you but the differences between the two are obvious. One is a master, the other one, not so much.
The incredible thing about this however, is not the cavern between those two versions of you, but the fact that the differences are actually quite minimal.
It really is just a decision to be one or the other.
Your decision. No one else comes into it.
Is your head shaking? Have you already said, “it’s not that easy.”