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Terry Storch Dispatch w.35.2019
On Saturday, the trajectory of my life shifted a bit. At least for the next month or two. I was not planning on writing this...I already had my email written and in the queue for this dispatch, but it can wait. Saturday while playing tennis I tore my right calf muscle, commonly known, according to my Orthopedic doctor, as “Tennis Leg.” The sound of the phrase "tennis leg" does not provide appropriate meaning for the pain I am feeling. In the grand scheme of things, 4-6 weeks isn’t that big of a deal, but it really does suck.
The bright side is I won't need surgery, and I will be able to get back to normal, unlike a friend of mine who recently had surgery and is faced with having to give up the sport he loves. Plenty to be thankful for. I am continuing to use words like "thankful," "bright side," and "blessing" because I am hopeful they will become truth for me since, right now, I am just pretty frustrated.
On the topic of discomfort, I wanted to share this great article from Steve Graves. Steve tells a personal story about the power of walking toward the barking dog. It’s a different take, but it highlights the importance of pursuing discomfort. (read more)
Grit. Perseverance. Endurance. Never give up. This amazing two-minute video will captivate you and get your heart racing. (watch now)
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strived valiantly; who errs, who comes again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
Steve McKee wrote a brilliant article titled "Persistence is Underrated." This article hits a topic that is really key for me: you never know when perseverance will pay off. But it will pay off. Perhaps not always in prosperity, but in proven character, which does not disappoint. (read more)
President Kennedy stood before Congress on May 25, 1961, and proposed that the US "should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." This pledge and challenge seemed radical and honestly impossible at the time...but it was what the country needed to be unified around a clear vision. It seems to me that Amsterdam is laying down a bold and clear vision of their future. “Amsterdam has bold plans to ban all gasoline and diesel vehicles from the city by 2030.” (read more)