Each Friday, I carefully compile a series of random thoughts I’ve had throughout the week. Some weeks I do more thinking than others! It was a bit of a slow one, this week… In fact, all I have is quotes from others!
Last Saturday, I attended a really amazing jiu-jitsu seminar taught by world champion, BJJ black belt and all-around cool guy Chris Haueter. He had so many great pearls of wisdom to share, but one stuck out to me: “If you want a martial art that’ll help you build confidence, try to find one where there isn’t any sparring.” Truer words were never spoken!
I’ve been reading books on sports journalism, and really liked this quote from Bruce Selcraig of Sports Illustrated: Experts appreciate that you’ve done your homework and can ask intelligent questions, but they don’t want to hear you talk. Don’t try to impress them. Let them impress you.” The book points out that reporters are experts in journalism, not the topic being discussed–otherwise, they would be getting interviewed! It is easy, I think, to forget or lose sight of this and begin pretending to be or trying to act like an expert.
Well, that’s it for this week. My other thoughts have consisted of me lamenting the upcoming 6 months of winter and cheering the $5 purple and black striped knee-high socks on sale at Target. And nobody wants to read about that.