Getting cut

I once complained to a veteran coach that I was struggling to get a particular student-athlete in shape, and it was affecting the performance of the entire team.

“Cut them,” he said.

At first I thought that was harsh. I thought it was too black-and-white to deal with the reality of the situation, but I don’t anymore.

In fact, I think cutting someone who isn’t meeting expectations–with ample warning, of course–is the most kind and generous thing to do for everyone involved, because this is how the professional world works.

My best days at work happen when I show up a little bit afraid. I’m a little afraid that I’m not good enough, that someone could do my job better than me, that I could get fired if I don’t show up a little better than yesterday, which could happen.

Just a little afraid. That’s the fear that makes life worth living.

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