Another day, another embarrassment. It’s STILL Embarrassment Week!
>I was going to choose a quote on failure because I totally blew part of a photo shoot recently. It is embarrassing and I had to refund some money. I was angry at myself for not paying attention to details and for not being keeping my standards at the level I should.
But instead of beating myself up over it I decided I needed to just buckle down and be much more deliberate, much more ‘professional’. What that means for me is I need to leap into my endeavors with more respect for the entire set of skills and knowledge I need to have and work to attain and retain all those things.
I take creative leaps pretty regularly, it isn’t a thing I fear. But now I need to take a leap in another way and I need to realize it is the same leap. I need to commit to the leap, and prepare for the leap as best I can.
Do you know what I mean?
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Quote by Cynthia Heimel, born sometime – not dead yet, American writer
In the good way, we are taught that we should learn (cash in on) from our mistakes. That is a universal lesson, easy to grasp, hard to implement.
In the bad way we have the obsession with confessional celebrities from Brittney to Lindsay to Paris to Jon to any number of knuckleheaded politicians who figure out a way to cash in on their stupidity or bad judgment. But it isn’t just the public figures that get sucked into the ‘stumble but make sure you get publicity’ mentality. We do it with our own confessions of failures and shortcomings.
Think about this quote. It is meant to be somewhat facetious, a sarcastic slap in the face to the idea of taking credit for something you probably shouldn’t be too proud of. I don’t mean that we shouldn’t extol the virtue of those who have overcome adversity, but overcoming is defined by the amount of publicity you get, it’s defined by the true redemption you exhibit.
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Quote by Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American Philosopher – interesting notes: He died on the Lusitania cruise ship when it was torpedoed by the Germans during WWI. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, was his nephew.
>What are you letting slip between your fingers today and why? Are you afraid of success or failure? Are you thinking it is absurd to try, no way you can do it? Then you have failed before the attempt was even made. Why not fail attempting it, what difference does it make, right?
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Quote by William James, 1842-1910, American Philosopher.
Just an interesting aside. I always look at the birth/death dates of the quote giver and think of what they saw and what they missed.
James was 19 when the American civil war started and lived to see the Wright Brothers fly. He was lucky to have missed WWI (1914-1918) but missed seeing women get the right to vote in America (1920).
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