Show Them They’re Wrong

(This seemed appropriate given this week’s Art Marketing Action newsletter and my posting of the six types of toxic people.)

July is Tour de France time in our house. It’s the time when words like “peloton,” “bonking,” “breakaway,” and “yellow jersey” creep into my vocabulary. This year’s race is far more exciting than it has been in recent years, but I’m still looking forward to its finish at the Champs-Elysees on Sunday. I’ll have my mornings back. (Hang on . . . I am going somewhere with this!)

American Floyd Landis had the lead earlier this week and then he completely bonked on the second day in the Alps. Lost more than 8 minutes to the new leader and everyone said it was over for him. Even he felt it was over–for about an hour. And then he just wanted revenge.

The next day he attacked (went ahead of everyone else) all by himself and ended up winning his first stage ever in The Tour. He’s now just 30 seconds behind the leader and in 3rd place. It’s anyone’s race, but the time trial is tomorrow and Landis is better than the two men ahead of him at time trials. He’s now a favorite to win. What a difference a day makes!

The moral: Others may count you out, but you have to believe in yourself. Don’t listen to them. Don’t let them get you down. And, when they do, show them they’re wrong. Fight back with a vengeance.

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  • Perhaps the most helpful thing people did to assist me in becoming a successful self-employed artist was to tell me (again and again and again) that it was “impossible.” I’m all about what I like to call impossibility remediation. If it “can’t be done” I figure it’s *my* gig. Of course, once I had proven them all wrong, it took me a little time to come up with a new reason to keep it up… (I settled on “it’s fun, interesting and pays well.”) But if it had looked like an easier challenge, I don’t think I’d have had the stamina to get there.