Over at NSMB.com, I am a regular visitor to the bulletin board. Especially the “NBR” or “non-biking related” section. There’s a thread about the Canucks and how they need more “toughness”. Well – the whole discussion got me to thinking about what real “toughness” or “strength” is. Here’s what I came up with:
You know…this kind of underscores something I think is a fundamental
flaw in most western thinking. Specifically, the notion that not
reacting to provocation is a sign of weakness. Goes along with
apologizing being a sign of weakness and that admitting a mistake is a
sign of weakness.
Personally, I think its the other way around. It takes significantly
more strength of character to not react – its easy to lash out – far
harder to remain disciplined and cool. The same goes for admitting to
and owning a mistake – this also takes more strength of character as it
forces you to fallback and rely on your “core” and integrity – not on
bluster and bullshit.
So, I say keep going Sedins – take the high road and draw penalties. Goals win hockey games – not penalties and not fights.
Now, here’s the trick – how do I apply this philosophy with my often very strong minded son, and with being in a competitive business environment with bills to pay?
If anyone has any answers, please let me know…