Frank is typing

We tried some shit

“We tried some shit. We learned some shit. Now we’re trying some new shit.”

I’ve kept this as my pinned tweet, because it means something to me.

I think that when you start to do things, you start to appreciate how hard it is to actually do things. You start to gain an appreciation for anyone, anywhere trying to do something. It can be big or small, but it’s hard to articulate the beauty of someone just trying.

But, a win is a win & a loss is a loss.

There are no participation trophies in the real world.

You can only fail if you try. Sometimes, the most powerful thing you can do is accept failure. You set yourself free of the excuses and the mental gymnastics. You allow yourself to understand what led to that failure. You can now analyze it, criticize yourself, pat yourself on the back, and start to clearly see the past for what it is… the past.

You can finally learn.

Pain is the best teacher in the world. It’s not close. You’ll only ever feel it when you care about something yourself. The magic of pain is that it makes it clear where the problem is.

It is in the moments after our biggest blunders that I have found the most clarity. And it is typically in those moments that we find the “new shit” to try.

And now you find yourself back to the beginning, bozo. Trying again.

There’s a story about a guy named Sisyphus. He is cursed to push a boulder to the top of a mountain.

Right before he gets to the top, he slips and the boulder rolls all the way back down. Over & over again, forever.

Albert Camus once said “one must imagine Sisyphus happy”. I believe there’s a Sisyphus in every man.

Anyway, I think you get the point. Maybe this is too intense for a guy running a community of people buying cartoon jpegs. But I like to think we’re all just trying to make this all make sense. This is my way.

-Frank DeGods

ps. The key is to protect your ability to keep trying new shit. Don’t be a fucking idiot. Take risks, but don’t bet the farm.