Someone else who believes in Embrace The Suck.

It’s a powerful lesson: Accept failure. Enjoy it, even. Embrace the suck, for the suck is part of the process. – A.J. Jacobs

One of my new favorite blogs is the one written by laidnyc. Please note that it’s occasionally NSFW. But today his post resonates extraordinarily well with the concept of Embrace The Suck that I posted about here and here and here.

Excerpts from laidnyc, tweaked slightly for context:

See, there are two types of people.

People who are incapable of admitting that they are responsible for their failures, and the rest.

The foundation of self-improvement is taking responsibility.

Do not blame your genes.

Do not blame your environment.

Do not blame the opposite sex or your boss or your parents.

Do not blame the information you receive.

Do not blame the government or media.

There is only one thing to blame for your failures:  You.

But failing to take responsibility isn’t always about blame, is it?  Not everyone who fails is resentful. Some people have a lack of responsibility that is wrapped in good vibes:

Fate.

God.

Hope.

You don’t have to accept that you are a failure if you believe some big and mysterious force is controlling all of your outcomes.

See, I believe you can’t teach anyone anything.  They learn what they want to learn, when they’re humble and realistic enough to learn it.

The first step to getting great at something is to admit you currently suck at it.

The road to confidence starts first with humbleness.

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