It’s hard to bounce back from adversity. Few people were unaffected by the economic challenges of the past few years and I had my share of battles to fight. The hardest thing for me about the personal economic challenges was the wake that it caused. The effect it had on my family first and foremost and then rippling out to others whom I care about. I let people down, and that is something I can’t adapt to.
In many things I am a level ten ninja chameleon when it comes to adaptation but this time it has taken years for me to get my chin back up. Going back to school helped a lot and my USC EMBA LA XXVI family was a big factor in getting my groove back. Then, earlier this year I started working out again and the CrossFit community helped boost my self confidence a bit more. Finally, I realized that the only thing that was still holding me back was myself. I watched a 2001 TED Talk by the late John Wooden recently and in it he said:
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
I am confident in my character and although it would be nice if my reputation was always great there are limits to what I can control. Coach Wooden caught me again with:
Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
And here I was, stopping myself due to things outside of my control. No more.
A friend posted this video, a cover of the David Guetta song Titanium on his blog a while back and ever since it has been in the back of my mind as the focus of this blog post. On my drive to Las Vegas and back yesterday the song came on multiple times as if calling me to action to let go of my fear of the judgments of others. This doesn’t mean I don’t care about the people, just that I want to rise above the limiting beliefs and perceptions that others have created for me.
I’m criticized, but all your bullets ricochet
You shoot me down, but I’ll get up.
I am titanium.
I am Tyler… and I’m back.