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What can you find, but never keep?

Nathan Chen is my spirit animal.

Your balance.

Striving to keep your balance is a fool’s errand.

Instead, learn to improve your balance, allowing you to recover your balance faster.

Consider an Olympic ice skater.

They work very, very hard to keep their balance.

And yet, they fall.

Just like we do.

If anyone would have perfected keeping their balance, it would be them.

And, not just during practice, they fall when the stakes are the highest – during competition.

But they get up in a blink of an eye.

This tells me:

  1. We must accept that we will fall.
  2. We can learn the skills to keep our balance more often.
  3. In small ways, every day, I can practice recovering from falls and keeping my balance.


The first step though is awareness.

Awareness of those times we feel off-balance, even when no one notices.

Awareness that others sometimes see us off-balance before we do.

Awareness that recovering well is more important than never failing.

Awareness that tomorrow we can be a little more aware.


Questions for the reader:

Looking back, what situations make you feel off-balance?

How did you react when off-balance?

How would you like to respond instead?


Iā€™d love to hear your thoughts.

Stay curious,

About Marcus Blankenship

Where other technical coaches focus on process or tools, I focus on the human aspects of your Programmer to Manager transition. I help you hire the right people, create the right culture, and setup the right process which achieves your goals. Managing your team isn't something you learned in college. In fact, my clients often tell me "I never prepared for this role, I always focused on doing the work". If you're ready to improve your leadership, process and team, find out how I can help you.

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