Each week, I’m surrounded by some of Cleveland’s hardest working, biggest dreamers around– Team Flea. I’m pretty lucky, in fact. Their positivity, work ethic and commitment to their dreams is inspiring.
And it’s about time we let you all in on that magic.
Each week, I’ll be sharing their philosophies on life, work, dreams, struggles– life, in other words. I don’t know about you, but work and life are fairly intertwined for me. I think because I built a purposeful work life for myself (my business is an extension of my personal passions) AND because my dreams require me to grow personally every single day (ugh- life, right) AND I’m in relationships with people I care for immensely that I just feel all the feelings every single day.
Work isn’t just work for me, in some ways.
Because I exist as a constantly-evolving human among other humans who get to watch that growth up close and personal (vulnerability, anyone?) I have a lot of emotions.
It’s good. It’s living. And it’s really wild.
And, luckily I’m surrounded by some serious cheerleaders and similarly-evolving people. We’re not the same. And we don’t always agree on things. We see the world in different ways, and we’ve each had our own journeys to this point.
Yet, we still have a few things in common.
We love our city, we strive to be our best selves and we practice compassion with everyone around us.
Team Flea is endlessly inspiring to me, and I want to make sure you all see that, too.
LAND SOFTLY, STAND STRONG.
- Sammy Friedman, Director of Operations, Team Flea (and expert spin instructor at Grooveryde)
I took Sammy’s spin class on Sunday and she said this thing that really stuck with me. At the office she’s behind the scenes, operating stealthily, usually under the radar and with a quiet intensity.
On the bike, she’s loud and bold and in charge and inspires you to bring some energy to your experience.
She said this thing, though, and I can’t stop thinking about it.
Land softly. Stand strong.
To me, it means that you WILL fail. You should know it’s going to happen. Don’t fear it like it means something more than it is- it means you need to try again. Big deal. And you know that because in the same breath she’s encouraging you to stand. To stand up with strength. Not defeated. Not ashamed.
Be seen in your failure.
Be seen trying.
Sounds inspiring, but how do you do it?
You realize that on the way to success, everyone fails. Not just you.
Most of us have moments where life is telling us, “Not now- but soon.”
It’s not a NO, it’s a NOT NOW. Or a TRY AGAIN.
That’s true for this business. That’s true for every person on this team. I’ve watched them fail time and time again. They’ve watched me fail time and time again.
I used to make that mean a few things:
I’d never be a good enough boss
I’d never have a team that was good enough
The thing is, it’s sort of true. And totally false.
Of course I’ll never be a perfect boss. That doesn’t exist.
And of course they’ll never be perfect employees, because that doesn’t exist either.
So, if we know that’s true, can we just accept each other for who we are? Not try to change each other? But try instead, to help each other grow?
Growth is the thing we’re all looking for. Not perfection.
And on the way, you’re going to fall.
Just make sure to stand strong.
Thanks for the Monday inspiration, Sammy.