• Gideon Grobler

Short: Getting Smashed Makes for Good Stories


“I have tried to live my life such that in the hour of my death I would feel joy rather than fear” - Witold Pilecki

Life can be fragile, work can be violent, mixing the 2 gives you collateral damage or something in that vein, preparation and understanding to improve output and reduce the negative (continues learning); sometimes it’s all smooth and “kumbaya” and then you get punched in the face; the good news, it’s all in your imagination and you can do something about it; unless you really do get punched in the face, which might be a sign that you are not a nice person; if you are not a nice person, well, in that case you need to take stock, take control and change your life - It's never too late to change course.


We humans are full of weird and interesting stories of what has happened to us, the weird and interesting will keep on hitting us; so learn to take a punch and roll with it.


In my view, everything that happens to us is due to our own decision making; a lifetime of experience, learning, dreaming, decisions that has brought us to this point, be it good or bad or even darn ugly - Just keep going! Just do what you are doing! (if it is the right thing to do). Don’t be afraid to share, it’s a lot easier than you might think, show yourself.


Know “why” you are doing this or why this has happened - You need to believe the “why” to endure the hits. True vision and purpose.


Know “how” you are going to do this - Learn to side step, take the big hits and give a few big hits yourself.


Know “who” you need to keep going - Who will get you through this if you are not going to make it and need some help.


Know “where” you need to be and when - Thoughtfully picking and deciding what is important and where to be.


Know “when” by being mindful of your surroundings and getting other eye balls on the situation - Brace for impact, condition yourself to get smashed, shrug it off and walk through walls.


Know “what” is going to happen - Embrace the chaos.


“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” - Albert Einstein

Most good stories has some interesting and noteworthy muck-up(s), not just everything went well - the tough times will make for some great story telling…


Be your own case-study, experiment, be mindful - maybe at some stage people will give you money for what you have gone through to improve their situation with your wisdom.


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