It took Dr. Seuss twenty-seven tries to get his first children’s book published. Imagine a world without him...I don’t want to go there either. I say a world without Seuss is a world without wise.
Remember this Seuss gem? “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” No doubt Dr. Seuss had some pretty thick skin.
Thick skin. It's pretty important. Test yourself: how thick is your skin?
- To what extent do you let life get to you?
- Is it better to underestimate or overestimate challenges?
- On a scale of one to courage, where do you stand (or fall)?
- Does it linger when someone disagrees with you?
- Is competence more important to you than risk-taking?
- What are you avoiding trying and why?
- How well do you take criticism?
- How would someone else describe your initiative?
- What’s keeping you up at night?
- How hard are you pushing yourself?
No matter your answers, three thoughts:
- Thick-skinned people don’t feel with any less depth than anyone else nor do they kid themselves that they are any less clueless about life than anyone else.
- But despite the pitfalls and downfalls and faceplants and naysayers and multiple attempts, thick-skinners move on and move forward every day.
- And so can I (and so can you.)