Happy Holidays everybody and welcome to the latest installment of the best Sports & Lifestyle Blog in the world (not the city, but the world Craig), Carter's Call! As this year comes to a close, I've had the opportunity to reflect on the many people that have contribute to the trial and tribulations I've enjoyed thus far in 2017. And, I'd be remise if I didn't acknowledge YOU! The readers of this blog are what continue drive my passions for ideating, motivating and learning. I pray know that I am thankful for the compliments, criticisms, commentary and contributions. I hope that you all take time to reflect on many blessings you've received this year and thank those that have have contributed to your trials and tribulations as well.
Notice, I referenced the trials parallel to the tribulations and that was intentional. Every year, around this time I hear, watch and read people acknowledging their successes but conveniently omitting their failures. In theory, it makes sense why they'd do so. We all want to celebrate our successes and portray positivity to the public, especially when reflecting on the past year. But for every success story we hear, watch and read about, there are half a dozen unsuccessful stories that we don't. I deem that irresponsible frankly. We are creating the narrative that success is achieved as easily or as instantly as an IG post. This behavior completely ignores the process that consistent success requires, which consists of great work ethic, ample repetition and persistent preparation. This behavior also leads me to pose the question, if all I think about is success, how will I know how to deal with failure? This question inspired a stream of consciousness that led to the topic of this weeks call, 'Getting Cut'.
By definition, the term 'Getting Cut' occurs when one is auditioning to earn a position where there is limited opportunity and not being chosen to hold sed position. This process occurs in a plethora of circumstances; in sports, when an athlete is unable to display the preferred attributes to evaluators during a tryout, in theatre, when a performer unsuccessfully delivers the scene in the desired manner or in the professional world, when a interviewee struggles to articulate their value proposition in a job interview. Though its definition is seemingly cut and dry (no pun intended), 'Getting Cut' is more than just trial and error. I'm sure many of you are reading this right now and thinking "Christian, what are you talking about? Either you make the team or you don't." On the surface that is true, but 'Getting Cut' places you in an advantageous position.
In some cases, 'Getting Cut' serves you better than achieving instant success. Sometimes it can actually be a blessing in disguise. Think about it, going through the process of trying to out for a team, auditioning for a play or going on a job interview is very educational. You gain experience performing under pressure, you gather insights into what is expected of a person in the desired position and you're familiarized with decision makers. When I think of all the times that I've been cut in my life (and trust me there's been plenty), I've realized later on that the experience, insights and exposure I gained, served me well for the future. Not only was I motivated to prove to myself and others that I possessed the necessary skills but I was much more efficient in preparation and much less nervous leading up the opportunity. It almost feels like preparing for an exam with an advance copy of the test.
By no means am I discouraging you from celebrating your successes and sharing them with the world. But I am saying that your doing yourself and the people you influence an injustice by ignoring the process. Your are much less likely to repeatedly be "Getting Cut" if you make a concerted effort to learn from the experience. Additionally, these experiences serve as a reminders and fuel for your journey. Only acknowledging ones successes can lead to complacency or expectancy. I challenge all of your to change your perspective on "Getting Cut" the next time you get denied for that job or don't earn a role on that team or in that show. Remember; Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team and Oprah was broke and jobless at 24. Don't mope, whine, complain or displace blame but learn from it. Get feedback if possible, review your actions and efforts, be honest about your preparation so that next time you take the test you'll already know all the answers.
Until next time.
- Christian A. Carter