I’ve used Rodney Mullen as a talking point before, but it seems so suitable to this bit you just can’t ignore it. Check these out for some context. There’s a decent amount of material there. Don’t be a chump. Take the time to watch.
“Any eyes on me—a late-night street sweeper, some dude texting in his parked car, the homeless guy talking to himself—make me feel uncomfortable when I skate. Everyone expects me to do certain things. It puts a ceiling on your progress. You’re blocked by your pride. To get good, you have to throw your board around and fall.”
— Rodney Mullen
Have you ever met anybody that seems like they don’t have a shot in the world at being normal? Someone who seems so limited by any one thing it’d be impossible to overcome? A weakness so glaring you’re confident they’ll get left behind? What if it was that same characteristic that made it impossible to beat them?
Mullen is a shining light exactly to that point. His greatest weakness of feeling like an outsider/outcast is his strongest attribute. It keeps him humble while simultaneously daring him for more. He’s got so little to work with yet the world is at his fingertips. All because he said no. No, I won’t let this define me as less than. It wills me to be more than I ever thought possible.
I don’t quite know to the extent I’d like what my personal strengths and weaknesses are, but I can generalize that my glaring weaknesses of youth and inexperience will inspire great vitality, eagerness, and vigilance. Tell me I can’t . . . I dare you.