Newsletter #2: “I wish you bad luck.”

“To be treated unfairly…I hope it happens to YOU.”

I cannot take credit for the title or it’s follow-on quote above. But I 100% agree with them. Now your mad, but seriously, what better way to kick-off the second first Friday of the month newsletter with a few attention grabbing words.

They happen to be the words of United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

He was asked to speak at his son’s 9th grade graduation back in 2017 (I did not know there was such a thing as a 9th grade graduation). I first heard about it a few months ago. And it’s even more of a coincidence that TIME magazine published an on-line article about it 2-months ago today…I discovered this when I was checking my facts because I read about in a book The Coddling of the American Mind.

You see, the Chief was wishing for his son’s classmates to have the sorts of painful experiences that will make them better people and better citizens.

Without further ado…enjoy this excerpt:

“From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you’ll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion. Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen. And whether you benefit from them or not will depend on your ability to see the message in your misfortunes.”

So there, what do you think? I know it makes a lot of people uneasy. But that is the point. Being uncomfortable at times is what makes life worth living. It is what pushes us to be better. It is what ends up making us exceptional.

Help me spread the message that Exceptional Every Day proclaims. If you have your copy, read it. Take notes. Create your story. And think of at least one person in your life that you could benefit form a copy of their own. Let’s help everyone reach their potential even if it is a little painful at times.

One thought on “Newsletter #2: “I wish you bad luck.””

  1. Awesome message. Made me think of the excerpt from Wordsworth I read in Kearns Goodwin’s “Leadership in Turbulent Times”; “Who doomed to go in company with pain/turns necessity to glorious gain.”

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