0053: How To Have More Control Over Setbacks



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Hey there, hero!

Facebook reminds you every so often about things you’ve posted in the past.

Frankly, if it’s more than a few years ago, it’s likely brand new to me.

But I was reminded recently of a post I made in 2015 that was a concept I learned very early in life from my grandfather…who as far as I know, never sailed a boat in his life.

And it’s all about what you can’t (and can) control.

Once you hear the phrase, tell me…does it make sense to you? Is it helpful? Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. Covid shifted everything and pushed me to work with clients across the country and not just in my backyard. Zoom-ing brought me into distant realms. While other people were miffed and stone-faced about the lack of real contact, I used my broadcast experience to be an active and engaged Zoom participant. Because of my enthusiasm, potential clients wanted to learn more about working with me. Thanks for the reminder to ride the wind!

  2. I’ve never heard that saying. I love it though! I would say becoming a dad has changed the wind for me. I’ve had to adjust my sails so I can continue pursuing VO and on camera work.

  3. I’m a dad, too. An old dad. When Pocahontas came out on video, I sat my kids in front the TV, and we watched it. A lot. This old sailor’s cautionary note reminds me first of the chorus of the main song: Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain,
    Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
    Divorce, jail, covid, all these curve balls in life have caused me to shift, move, adjust my voice acting to to VO workshops, absorbing, learning, learning, learning…, zoom calls, phone patch, Source Connect, less gear, quicker turn-arounds, and lots of love and appreciation for what life offers, even through the storm.

  4. Someone I barely knew shared the same mentality with me around 2008. He said, “You can’t change circumstances, but you can change how you react to them. ” That was already part of my mentality, but it sure must have been clear I wasn’t functioning from that perspective, at that particular moment. It was more the easy way he said it, as he leaned back in one of those old wooden desk chairs, with the spring under the seat that squeals, every time the weight shifts. He was older than me and likely in the same job as the attendant at a very nice apartment building’s office hut, in the driveway. I had the impression he could watch a lot of life float by, without getting his feathers ruffled. At the realization of his wisdom, my stress dropped like the useless weight it was. I acknowledged him and somehow that image of him has stuck as a reminder. It was his gravely voice, the light was just right coming thru the tree above. Everything about his manner was the opposite of how I was feeling. Luckily, I realized his mood looked a lot more enjoyable than mine. It’s interesting how some moments crystalize. I can feel that moment of that day, I suppose, because someone cared enough to take the time to remind me.