I stumbled across this great post over on the tompeters! blog.
I had been having a conversation earlier in the day with a pastor about the myth of balance (a post I need to write for another time).
Tom’s post is, in my opinion, right on target. The world needs less people who “know when to fold them” and more people who will “boldly go where no man has gone before”:
WORLD’S WORST ADVICE
An old friend visited for a couple of days last week. Google him, and you’ll be impressed. Or you would be, if I’d tell you who it is.
In the course of a dozen conversations—old guy conversations—we shared stories of joys and sorrows, anger and pain, good fortune and ill winds, pals and foes and traitors and through-it-all supporters.
His Hall-of-Fame career includes bushels of excoriating criticisms along the way. Embarrassing and well-deserved failures. Off years—in fact, off decades.
And musing on it all reminded me of a Very Sensible Saying that I think is pure, unmitigated crap, in fact the World’s Worst Advice: “Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.”
As I said … pure crap.
Forget “fold ’em.”
Drop it from your vocabulary.
Stomp on its grave.
If you care, really care, really really care about what you are pursuing, well, then, pursue-the-hell-out-of-it-until-hell-freezes-over-and-then-some- and-then-some-more. And may the naysayers roast in hell or freeze in the Antarctic or bore themselves to death with the sound of their “statistically accurate” advice…
Read the entire article HERE.