Gentlemen, have you ever found yourself in a situation where you know you’re probably going to fail at whatever task you have been set?
It is not a nice feeling. I have been in that position several times in my life. For men like us, who take great pride in a job well done, failure to do what we said we would do hurts in a very personal way.
The key to getting past a moment when you know that you will fail, is to understand that you do not grow from success – you grow from failure. You learn when you fail, and accepting that learning is the key to bottoming out of that failure and moving on to the next thing. You have to take your lumps and accept that you messed up, and understand how you did so.
More importantly, perhaps, you have to learn what IS your fault, and what IS NOT. Guys like us are big on personal responsibility and we don’t much like excuses. We don’t like hearing them, and we sure as shit don’t like making them. But there are times when you have legitimate limits on what you can and cannot do. I was sick as a beaten dog for 10 days with what was probably the Coof, and that really hurt my ability to deliver on a number of things.
But life moves on. Failure at one point in time rarely means complete doom forever. It simply means that you did not succeed at that particular task. Accept that fact, learn from it, and move on. Don’t dwell on it. Take your lumps and do what you have to do to grow and change.
Of course, this advice is a lot easier to take when you have something to motivate you. And few things are more effective at motivating men, than beautiful women. That’s just a simple fact. Men have painted masterpieces, built cities, carved monuments, and conquered empires, simply for the sake of a woman.
Which brings us rather neatly to the lovely lady of the week to serve as our motivation to push through failure and on toward personal growth and success.
Her name is Antonella Fiordelisi, age 23 from Salerno, Italy. (Next to the Russians, I would argue that the Eyeties have some of the most remarkably beautiful women in the world, and with good reason.) She is an accomplished fencer, apparently, who has appeared in international competition as part of the Italian Fencing Federation, and she makes her living these days as a model and realitard TV show. (Supposedly she rose to fame on a show in Italy called Temptation Island – draw your own conclusions from that, really.)
Happy Friday, gentlemen. Try to get some rest, relax a bit, enjoy your weekend, and come back refreshed and ready for action. The evil in this world is growing by the day and will assuredly come to a head soon. We need to prepare ourselves for this in body, mind, and especially soul, so that when the worst trials come, we are ready.