The Better Man Project

Day (354) – Rope-a-dope


Being a writer is sometimes one of the most interesting things to be. With the good…comes the bad…pretty much like everything else in this life. Throughout my day, I am handed plenty of situations that spark my mind and words start pouring out onto my mental canvas. We put our work out in front of people for judgement, but often of times it is not just the work we have created, but a piece of our soul…if not the whole thing entirely. But, that is the profession…and that is the calling I have chosen.

I have made many many mistakes in my life. In fact, that is partly what this blog is about. Admitting to ones mistakes when they happen. There are sometimes when I don’t realize that they have happened until much later…but the same rules apply. Clean up your mess.

Don’t take anything personally. A fantastic piece of advice from a book I read…but incredibly hard to follow. But in short, when you let go of taking things personally, you just leave what they said to their own character. What is also interesting is that a great deal of the time people attack you in any way…that is actually what they are afraid of. Funny isn’t it?

They will say you can’t, haven’t, or wont,

They will say you are overrated, has been, never has been, never was,

They will say you’re arrogant, cocky, and conceited,

They will confuse your passion for these things,

They confuse your love for obsession, weakness, and eccentricity,

They will say you are too fat, too short, to weak,

They will say you are outspoken, all talk, a loud mouth,

They will confuse your drive with a push for power,

They will say you are afraid to fail, to take criticism, to take the heat,

But it is only you that knows that the pain gives you strength, that failure gives you motivation,

They will say you’re a poor loser,

They will say you’re not the best, you’re average, you’re mediocre,

They will say you don’t work hard enough, you make excuses, you aren’t a team player,

They will say what you want to do is impossible, improbable, and unrealistic,

They will say you don’t have what it takes, you don’t have the skills, you don’t have the willpower,

They will say you don’t work hard enough,

While you put your heart on the line every day,

They will say your past will keep you where you are,

They will say you didn’t live in the moment enough, analyze the past enough, or think about the future enough.

They will say these things,

But one day,

They will say how great you were.

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Lean up against the ropes…like Ali himself…and let them punch themselves out. But keep trucking. Because there is only one sound that should matter to you…and it is the thump…thump…thump in your chest. Take the beatings…because they will come. Protect that heart…the punches will become weaker and weaker and weaker…and then…

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You get the idea.

Evan Sanders

Please Join My Dream


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    June 25, 2013

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  2. December 2, 2012

    Really love the post, Evan :)

  3. December 1, 2012

    Like this…
    Acknowledge your mistakes, move on, being better always. Thx for the post.

  4. December 1, 2012

    Funny this little thing called life … so complicated … and yet really really simple. We get stuck in our heads, when, instead, we should be living. Great post.

  5. December 1, 2012

    Reblogged this on Coffee Convos and commented:
    This a perfect song to listen to while writing. As I continue my thoughts for the current series I came across this song. Listen to the words. And does this sound like a Mumford and Sons track to you? -Writerscomposition

  6. December 1, 2012

    Great post full of great reminders of truth and encouragement to keep persevering, thank you!

    “Never give up, never give up, never ever give up!” ~Jimmie V.

  7. December 1, 2012

    I loved the poem so much I printed it out to put on my bulletin board.

  8. December 1, 2012

    Great advice. For years I was too timid to put anything out for others to see. So admire you young folks for your courage.:)

  9. December 1, 2012

    BOOM!!!! Love this! (And needed it!)

  10. lucewriter
    December 1, 2012

    Evan, great post. Thump thump thump.

  11. December 1, 2012

    Excellent post

  12. December 1, 2012

    This post came to me at a great time. I am leaning back against the ropes. It is good to be an encourager!

  13. December 1, 2012

    Owning up to one’s mistakes is hard learning from it is what builds trust & character. People can always sense the honesty in others, it’s what draws people together. Great post! Thnx for sharing :)

  14. December 1, 2012

    Just gotta rollllllll with the punches :) – also good song choice mister!

  15. Tech Tard
    November 30, 2012

    Wow. Amazing post. I’ve been feeling a little bummed about me lately, and my recent career change, but this inspires me to keep going. Thank you :)

  16. November 30, 2012

    I’d like to nominate your wonderful blog for the Beautiful Blogger Award. You can check it out here: Have a great weekend!


  17. November 30, 2012

    Made me grin at 5:29am – great post!

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