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3 Truth Bombs People Hate to Admit

Because I used to B52


Over at inc.com, Marcel Schwantes offers Five Truth Bombs About Work and Life Nobody Wants To Admit. The leadership guru would like you to know that…


You're not the center of the universe


The hell I’m not! I perceive the entire universe (a.k.a., my condo) via my conscious mind. When I die, my universe will die with me. The universe may continue to exist for my HOA, but what do I care? I’ll be dead.


As for the assertion that “nobody wants to admit that they think the world revolves them,” why should narcissists give a shit what anyone else thinks, other than their therapist and divorce lawyer? Money!

For entrepreneurs, realizing that the world doesn't revolve around your business vision is liberating. Your customers, employees, and partners have their own priorities and challenges. Successful entrepreneurship involves catering to their needs and understanding their perspectives.

People pay Mr. Schwantes to tell them this? #piercingglimpseintotheobvious.


Failure is inevitable

As a leader or founder, you'll want to encourage a culture of experimentation and create an environment where your team feels safe to take risks and learn from failures. 

Management gurus love to drop the “truth bomb” that “bad shit happens.” And that’s OK! The Post-It Note started off as a mistake!


Hang on. What do you tell your org when there’s no margin for error?


Imagine a Marine Drill Instructor yelling “failure is inevitable” at fresh recruits. Some poor bastard trying to sell a “failure is inevitable” pin at a medical convention.


Yes, the best laid schemes o' mice an' men ofen gang aft a-gley (whatever that means), but there’s a better way to spin it. Spin it good.


Get comfortable with being uncomfortable


That’s not a truth bomb: it’s an ad for Buddhism. Adherents’ central goal: liberation from dukkha. wikipedia:

Dukkha is most commonly translated as "suffering," but this is inaccurate, since it refers not to episodic suffering, but to the intrinsically unsatisfactory nature of temporary states and things, including pleasant but temporary experiences. We expect happiness from states and things which are impermanent, and therefore cannot attain real happiness.

Now you know why only 6.6 percent of the world's total population is Buddhist. This from a Jew – 0.2 percent – whose people who invented the mantra “life sucks and then you die.”


Schwantes is giving SEAL-style advice: suck it up buttercup! A group of armed men who make an entire career out of being uncomfortable. You get them to “admit they’re nobody.”


Everything rises and falls on leadership


What about yeast? Solitaire? Motorcycle riding? Unless you’re German, it’s entirely possible to succeed at something without a leader.

Leadership isn't just a title; it's the driving force behind the trajectory of teams, projects, and businesses.

What about the countless employees who’ve pulled the boss’ fat from the proverbial fire? Oh right. Leaders are the “driving force.”


A fact that “no one wants to admit” because the boss is often an idiot. Admitting it means admitting you’re working for an idiot.


Regret is a bitter pill to swallow

Successful people understand this and make decisions decisively and with conviction before life passes them by. Remember this motto: Take risks, make decisions, and learn. Life is too short for regrets.

Remember this motto: life is too for Oxford commas. Then file this one under “life sucks” (as above) and call it good.


Farago’s 3 Truth Bombs


If you’re looking for “truth bombs that no one wants to admit,” good luck with that. But as the self-appointed “truth about” guy, I’ll have a go, sharing three truths that a lot of people hate to admit…


Failure is impossible


Who wants to admit that they failed because they stopped trying? But that’s the truth about almost all endeavors: persistence is the key to success. Simply following Frank Sinatra’s advice to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in the race. That’s life.


Cigar bars are the best place to meet other men


People hate (i.e., are unwilling) to admit that there’s no more welcoming environment for men of all ages from all walks of life to meet each other in a spirit of amity than a cigar bar. Why the reluctance? “Her indoors” doesn’t like it and mouth cancer.


There will come a time when you forget your glasses are on your head


When you reach a certain age BAM! Your RAM is full. Add something new and you lose something old. Like your glasses, keys or phone. Who wants to admit that? Wait! There was someone… Nope. I forgot.

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