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February 13, 2009

Taking a Punch

I had my notes meeting with my manager today. It went very well. I'm more sure that she will really help me make sales. What's great is that her notes aren't dramatically changing the story itself, they are just emphasizing and defining and deepening certain things that are already there.

Taking notes - suggested improvements about things that are less than perfect about your baby - can be a hard thing to do. I honestly don't like it. But at the same time, I do, because I know it'll get my script to where it needs to be. One of the things that I've really learned is how to take this criticism.

I'm becoming more and more convinced that to be successful one of the most crucial skills someone can learn is simply to take a punch. To be able to get knocked down, and survive. To hit the ground and not give up. This kind of resiliance is one of the greatest disciplines someone can develop. I don't think there's any coincidence in the fact that God's name for his chosen people meant "wrestles with God." Or that Jesus wants us to learn how to "turn the other cheek."

My ability to hear about improvements will help me in the industry. I could tell my manager didn't know how I'd react to her notes, and was quite pleased with the fact that I could hear them without any defensiveness or tension...

Learn to take a punch, people. It'll really help you out.

Posted by jason on February 13, 2009 12:25 AM

Comments

this is totally true in theater, as well! It's amazing how many actors have been in the business for so long and still cannot take a note without arguing, explaining, rationalizing, being defensive, or just plain getting sullen.

Truly astounding.

It can be hard to get noted, especially when you are honestly working your hardest-but it's real life and if you realize these people are truly trying to help you improve, then receiving it can be easier. And it does make you a better person--both to work WITH and better at your craft.

Posted by: Jessica on February 13, 2009 12:58 AM

"I don't think there's any coincidence in the fact that God's name for his chosen people meant "wrestles with God.""

This is a fact that I've been learning to hold incredibly close; the more ministry I do, the more I treasure it.

Posted by: jglc on February 13, 2009 02:08 AM

Loved this post! I'm teaching on joy on Sunday and I'm realizing how much joy is connected with perseverance. people often don't ever become joyful because they are not willing to pay the price to get there. To truly live life you have to be able to take punches and go forward. Good post!

Posted by: Mom on February 13, 2009 12:39 PM

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