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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 14:18

Rejection day

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On Sunday, I returned from Las Vegas.  I gave a short presentation at an NFBA workshop.  The impetus for the workshop was to celebrate Thom Plummer and 30 plus years in the fitness industry.  My presentation wasn’t very good.  I take the blame for misunderstanding what I should talk about.  I was under the impression that it didn’t have to be educational like the Mega Fit conferences.  I spent about an hour going through my time in the fitness industry pointing out the big lessons I learned and the leadership or lack thereof that I received.  It was very similar to my most recent blog post.  I mention this in case people from the workshop begin to follow me on facebook and/or check into www.jasonlinse.com now and again.  During my presentation I also bared more skin than I probably should have.  I mean, for sure I would not have discussed death, dying, and seeing a shrink if I were working for a company.  But since I am my own boss, I embraced the opportunity to share some recent challenges.  I talked about being fired.  I related the feelings of discovering my mom had a fatal disease.  I discussed the summer of 2011, and all of the funerals I went to and the important people in my life that were lost.


I discussed how one song, and specifically one stanza to one song, had an impact on my life.  The stanza has four lines.

When nothing is owed, deserved, or expected

And your life doesn’t change by the man that’s elected

Whenever you’re loved, you are never rejected

Decide what to be and go be it

I interpret those four lines in this way:  In this life, in this world, you are not promised anything. You are born and then you die. What happens in between those two events is up to you, and it will never be completely smooth sailing.  Politics is important, and voting is a sacred privilege. You should care about who your elected officials are, but your life, that important core of your being, will not be changed or altered based on one elected official.  Rejection is part of life, and it will happen all of the time.  But if you have at least one person who loves you, then rejection is not really part of your life no matter what your occupation is.  Figure out what you want to do, what you want to be, and go be it.

I talked about this on Saturday.

On Sunday, I flew back.  Heather, who I have been seeing for 10 months, picked me up at the airport. 

Today, we broke up.  I should clarify: She broke it off with me. 

I don’t have a lot of people who love me, and I am ok with that.  Two of them died within the past two years. The two people who would love me no matter what.  Yesterday, I saw my newest little nephew.  And I saw his two older brothers.  And I spent time with my sister.  I suppose they love me, as much as you can love someone that you don’t spend a lot of time with.  This helps me deal with the rejection and move forward. 

Nothing is owed to me.  I voted and I will sleep the same and plan for my future the same and continue to be more successful than I thought was possible, regardless of who wins.  I have already decided what to be and I am doing it.  Rejection………….well, today I feel it down to my core.  But let me tell you that I never stay down long.  I have my health, I have friends and some family, and I don’t think I could ever feel truly rejected for long.  I love little Heather more than I thought was possible.  And that, everybody, is worth something.  I think that maybe the Avett brothers would agree with me. That you could change the line to:  Whenever you love, you are never rejected.

Now, go show somebody some love, sleep well tonight regardless of the election, wake up tomorrow and be what you want to be……….while changing some lives.

Jason Linse

Jason has a passion for the industry, follows other industry experts, attends workshops, speaker schools, reads, reads and reads.  He enjoys imparting knowledge and ultimately affecting the bottom line of business.  He lives in uptown, Minneapolis, exercises almost daily, and lives by the motto:  “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

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  • Comment Link Kathy Tuesday, 06 November 2012 14:28 posted by Kathy

    You know that if we didn't believe in you and love who you are - we wouldn't be working with you. Nothing is ever totally wrong and you never know who's heart you touched in your presentation. We learn along the way. Keep on doing what you are doing!!