Crippled CEO Blog #118:
You never know where you’re going to get great advice from.
Way back in 2021, I was given an amazing piece of wisdom from a TV show on Starz.
The show was American Gods — a fantastic show, by the way. Unique, thoughtful, clever. It was great. Sadly, I was one of the four people watching it, and it was canceled.
In any case, what was the advice?
The main protagonist, Shadow Moon, was fretting about what might happen. He was upset about a possible future event.
And so, Mr. Wednesday, his employer (who is also a god), tells him, “Don’t bleed before you are wounded.”
How freaking great is that?
Don’t bleed before you are wounded. I must think that now at least once a week.
Because we are all guilty of doing it. We imagine a possible terrible scenario in our head, and just the imagining of it makes us upset. There’s a chance it may never happen, but still, this phantom of a future that may never come has a very real impact on our actually occurring present state.
It is very much like bleeding before we are wounded.
It’s a totally pointless thing to do. Planning for the future and anticipating possible obstacles — that’s great. But getting emotionally affected now over something that might not ever come true? So silly.
So, take two things from this. First, watch American Gods. It’s really good. Second, when you find yourself angry or sad about some possible future, remember: don’t bleed before you are wounded.
It is wonderful advice.
(Do you know who gives me the wildest advice? Your mom. You wouldn’t believe it. Or maybe you would, you freak. She also gets a text from me every Sunday with a link to the latest blog post. Send a text to 561-726-1567 with the word CRIP as the message to get a link to the blog as soon as it’s up.)