RESPECT (article) by: Roman Newell

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Let me tell you why respect is the fucking game. It’s the game anytime you want to WIN. Respect your opponent. Respect your talent. Respect the opportunity you’ve been given. Respect your blessings. Respect those who have less than you, and those who have more. Just respect.

Respect is the game because it’s the key to winning. It’s directly tied to gratefulness. When you are truly grateful for everything you have in life, you carry an intimate, intrinsic level of respect for those things. Steve Prefontaine, a legend I’ve always admired, once said,

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

Steve Prefontaine

When you have a grateful attitude toward everything in life, you fucking chase life. You pursue opportunity. You squeeze every chance on this planet for all it’s worth because you respect the beauty and power of all you’ve been given.

If you have a beautiful, special talent (you do), and you give less than your best in the execution of it — fuck you — because you aren’t respecting it. Show respect for the blessings you have in your life: talents, family, business, opportunity, relationships, American citizenship, a car, whatever it is by using it all to the fullest extent of its utility. To do anything less is to scoff at the power of the blessing.

Gary Vaynerchuk is a huge inspiration of mine and he’s been spending a lot of time lately talking about the power of gratitude and of knowing how fucking blessed you are. That’s just real. That’s super real. His rants about 1-in-100 trillion make me laugh, but it’s real. You are so damn lucky to be alive, to be a human, to be an American citizen, and have the endless opportunity you have. You are lucky to live in this age when you have endless mediums to express yourself, sell yourself, and make cash. And you just want to bitch and moan? As Gary would say,

if that’s the case you suck.

Gary Vaynerchuk

There’s too much good in this life to be mopey and down and focused on what you don’t have. Whatever you have, it’s enough to make more if you self-educate, research, and hustle your face off.

It’s not about money, folks. It’s about respecting what you have. Not yearning for what she has, or wishing for what he has, or moaning because someone else was dealt a better hand growing up. It’s about owning yourself, owning your successes and failures, owning your eventual output, and respecting the fuck out of every good thing you have.

I love the parable of the three servants and the talents. One man was given five talents, another two talents, and the third man, one talent. The first two men went out, hustled, and doubled their master’s investment. The other buried it out of fear. After a great time had passed, the master called on them. The men who worked and doubled their talents were rewarded. The man who buried his piece out of fear was shunned.

Gratefulness. Respect. It’s just the game. It just is.


Roman Newell

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