The ART of breaking Balls. It’s an interesting spot we have found ourselves in as a society. On one hand we have done an incredible job of washing off the negative parts of the 1950’s “do it or else” mentality, but on the other hand we have maybe gone too far to say that seemingly NOBODY can handle not getting a ribbon for 8th place at the community soccer tournament! The pendulum of life does swing back and forth, but why should we settle for that? Why CAN’T we have the balance?
Back in the day, on job sites, bars, hanging out with your friends there was something called “Breaking Balls”. Now this was not serious, it was banter between people, sure on the surface it might seem like a couple guys were arguing, but they really weren’t, it was just breaking balls! It was seriously an art form, some guys could have you rolling on the floor laughing at how they managed to ‘break balls’ HOWEVER today this is all but a lost art.
Let me state that I do know why breaking balls faded away, people couldn’t take it, and yes, others abused it as a form of power, it was not meant to be that, but of course people abuse things quite frequently, so things just have to change. Just like wearing a seatbelt, or safety measure in cars become standards to save lives, times change. HOWEVER (here we go) it is when the initial seatbelt now becomes so far one sided that we have to bubble wrap every car, curb, and guardrail, and don’t forget the dog, that we have a problem! We hand out participation ribbons because little Johnny might feel bad, we can’t say man or woman, because someone might get offended, and there is NO WAY one could ever break someone’s balls because there are not enough trauma dogs out there to fix that one…
Hopefully we can bring a balance to all of this bubble wrap, I don’t want to go back to 1952, but why do we always have to throw the baby out with the bathwater to “fix” something these days? Hey if this post has your feathers ruffled, good, it’s time we start to get at least 1 more layer of skin on our knees, cause success only comes by not caring when the knees, get scraped.
By Mark Pavelich President CEO The Mark Consulting & Marketing
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