Tuesday, February 09, 2010

I Like People Who've Been Knocked to the Floor

I like people who've been knocked to the floor but got up, who know what it's like to do something that deserves a medal but instead gets a reprimand, who crack a small smile when listening to the latest program from on high, and who know more about - and care more about - the job than any five of the wizards promoted last year. I like the mavericks and eccentrics and the weirdos whose eyes light up when talking about how they had to cobble together a solution at the last minute or how they noodled over a problem for years before finding a new way. I like their passion and their lack of pretense and that they think you're interested about some arcane aspect of the job only a person who loves the job might find fascinating. I like their refusal to become cookie-cutter personalities and to "dress for success." I like the fact that they like facts and, although they can theorize as well as any of us, they know the difference between theory and reality. I like their bluntness and their way of looking you in the eye and that they have scars, many scars, some of which may be visible, from battles won and lost.

2 Comments:

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well put Michael, having been knocked down myself several times, it is always a joy to get back up and be brilliant as I am dusting off my pants and moving forward. As Nicholas Bate states "Today is a great day to be brilliant. Go For It. Today".

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...

Anonymous,

Thank you. I've learned far more from the losses than from the victories. It is, of course, a painful process.

Michael

 

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