Sudden Impact

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things

I’m going to deviate from the norm today and get a bit more personal. I realized the other day that if I want to be taken seriously in the Journalism world I must put aside my childish nature. I’ll be the first to tell you I rarely act my age. I can be serious when the situation calls for it but it’s in my nature to entertain. In this industry I’m starting to see a trend of “all business, all the time” Must I conform to that? I could go with what others expect but then I lose that whole “devil may care” attitude that got me here.

Behind every joke there’s a glimmer of truth

I have always been the type of person who speaks their mind even if that meant hurting people’s feelings. Honesty is paramount in my life. I expect it from everyone and everyone can expect it from me. Do people get offended by it? Absolutely, but would you rather hear the truth or live a lie? I’m sure some people would choose the latter but I am not one of them. Those of you who are important enough in my life understand and respect that. Sometimes I do sugarcoat the truth in a joke, or disguise it in a veil of inappropriate comments, but the truth is still there.

My family menu consists of two choices: Take it or leave it

They say you can’t choose your family. I’ve heard that, but if you could I’m sure you would choose mine.

Put your time on the table
See who’ll sit down with you
Give your love to the ones who offer you bruise
After bruise, after bruise

The key to success is to surround yourself with people who will continuously push you to succeed. Those who challenge you, and sometimes force you to be better than you are. They will never let you flounder in the wake of complacency. Will these people hurt you? Maybe, in fact most definitely, but it is not in malice. Your best friends are the ones who are unafraid of hurting your feelings. They are brutally honest with you because they care about you. They keep you grounded. They are the ones who ensure you reach your full potential even if you don’t know what that potential is.

One comment

  1. Merilyn says:

    Well put Mr. Samson…I’m glad that after all those conversations over coffee and my obvious facial expression of dissapointment, that you understand that people give you their brutal opinion because they care.

    I will never have a problem telling you that you’re being stupid…

    – Conscience

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