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Whoa that's good

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

I’ve been listening to a podcast called Whoa That’s Good by Sadie Robertson and I swear I haven’t stopped thinking about the concept. Long story short the idea for the podcast came about when she was attending an event and the speaker asked them “what is the best advice you’ve ever been given?” As she wrote the answer down, her mom proceeded to say “whoa, that’s good!” So each episode she brings on someone whether it be a motivational speaker, an athlete, an author, and everyone in between and then she proceeds to asks them the same thing: What is the best advice you've ever been given?

This question has resonated with me now for the past few weeks and thought it aligned so well with what I’m trying to do here. I've been given a lot of good advice over my young 26 years of life but there's a few that I want to share with all of you.

"You will never succeed at anything unless you first fail at something." - My 4th grade teacher

I will never forget the moment I heard this -- I was 9 years old standing at my teachers desk because I had failed my first test. I was mortified, how could I fail a test? How could I mess up so bad? As I was crying to my teacher he looked at me with a smile and said "my dear, you will never succeed at anything unless you first fail at something." My 9 year old self had no idea how important that quote would still be 17 years later.

It was not just school that I carried that quote through, but also sports, relationships, careers, you name it. Failures are not disasters, they are lessons that have challenged you and forced you to grow. After all, we need to be able to understand failure to measure our success.

"Win the small battles, because they are the ones that lead to winning the war" - Coach Chris Harris

I've had this quote saved on my phone since the day my coach wrote it on the board - July 21st, 2016. I was nearing the end of my college career and I remember having NO clue what my next step was going to be. I walked into the gym that day and saw this quote left by our head coach. In a moment where I was anxious about the future and what I was meant to be doing, a simple quote reminded me that every journey begins with one step forward.

Vince Lombardi said, "the man on the top of the mountain, did not fall there." And the same is true for life. We will get where we are going, we do not have to have it all figured out, we just have to take the first step. The great victories, which may appear so simple today, were the result of a series of small victories that went unnoticed. Celebrate how far you've come - happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for your life to begin and start making the most of the moment you are in.

I have absolutely loved reflecting on the advice given to me over the years. So much so, I wanted to ask a few people very near and dear to my heart the same thing.

1. "Love above the disappointment, judgement, fear, and hurt. Love to clear the fog that blinds us, and unlock the shackles that bind us. Life is naught but a journey to love. // Flea" - Colin L.

2. "Understand that not everything is meant to be understood. We can only worry about the things we can control and find the courage to let go of the things we cannot." - Victoria B.

3. "My creative writing teacher sophomore year of college told us all on the first day and everyday thereafter that we know absolutely nothing. And I think about that a lot because I know a few 'know it alls' and it’s funny to hear people ramble on about shit they think they’re an expert about. That’s why I don’t have a lot of strong opinions, I like to listen and learn as much as I can." - Paul D.

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