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Keeping it Real with Collin.

Posted in Guest Posts with tags , , on July 1, 2011 by posterhero

Hey All, it’s been a while since our last blog post. We’ve been up to some cool things around here and it has taken up a lot of time, so this blog post has been written by one of our valuable employees Collin Russert.

Collin Russert

This Blogs Guest Writter, Collin Russert

I’ve noticed that an interesting pattern has been unfolding for me recently:

The words that come out of my mouth are either instantly refuted, or proven correct over a long enough period of time that no one remembers, much less cares, that I was right.

Something from a few weeks ago provides an excellent example of this, in that I said that I could learn the music to a song by a band named Bigwig in ten minutes. “That drummer must be an idiot if that was so hard for him!” I confidently needled.  “Bring me a chair and be amazed!” I proclaimed for all to hear.  Fifteen minutes later I had two charlie-horses, was on the verge of cardiac arrest and was being smothered by a large slice of humble pie.

I’ll have you know, however, that I regret no aspect of this event.

I say what I think and I stand by it right or wrong.  Not because I’m an egotistical tool, but because I unambiguously convey how I honestly feel.  I’ve realized that most people in the world today pull punches for fear of being labeled crazy, or insensitive or something else derogatory like that.  When confronted with my blunt manner of handling myself and my opinions, most of these same people site the age old adage of, “Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

I call that a cop out.

I say better to let people know where you’re coming from – honestly, truthfully and fearlessly – and be considered a fool, rather than to say nothing and actually be one afterward because your opinions, needs and desires weren’t taken into consideration by everyone.  Even in the event you’re shown to be wrong like I was, there’s a certain amount of respect you get from being a straight shooter so long as you aren’t constantly shooting off at the mouth or otherwise being a pompous ass about the whole thing.

Take it from the guy who can play Bigwig’s “Drunken Knight” damn near perfectly, now.   (My band doesn’t care about it anymore, either).

Thanks for sharing with us Collin! Keep up the good work.

Never Be Afraid to Say What You Really Feel