Look at me, nah, don’t look at me 🤷‍♂️

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Recently overheard a conversation with some of my dudes that were talking about the typical “look at me” person…

This of course is the guy or gal that does something outrageous for the sole purpose of drawing attention to themselves. 

Being referred to as a “look at me” person from outsiders just about my entire life, I decided to interject and honestly ask… 

“Would you consider me a ‘look at me’ person?

Before anybody could answer, I continued…

“The truth is that a lot of my life has been lived under a spotlight… Baseball, media and ultra-endurance sports tend to draw a lot of attention and when you are ‘the man in the arena,’ we all know critics come from everywhere.” 

At that point Kowalski said… 

“Now that you mentioned it, you are actually a ‘look at me, nah don’t look at me person!’”

Ha! WTF does that mean? 

Kowalski explained… 

“You obviously do things that draw attention to yourself, but what separates you from the ‘look at me’ dude is that you would do this shit whether or not there was a single other person paying attention… Your actions say look at me but in reality, I’m not quite sure you give a fuck.” 

High praise from somebody that knows me better than just about anybody else on the planet…

In my subjective opinion, I enjoy entertaining people as much as just about anybody. Let’s take the Daily Hustle for instance… I thrive off of the reaction that I get from the readers and listeners… You guys provide the fuel that keeps me charging, but as I have mentioned before, I don’t write for you, I write for me…

In baseball, I played my ass off and fully sent the fuck out of everything I did in between the lines… Whether it was diving in the outfield or chucking a full flip somersault throw home, I was accused of fake hustle and being an exhibitionist my entire career… 

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I actually never let the criticism bother me that much… I always knew my intentions were to do everything in my power to help the team win by playing the game as hard and as well as I could. So long as that was the case, there was no need to ever question or defend my play.

Ironically, not that long ago a writer sent out a tweet referring to me as “the king of fake hustle.” 

When somebody quoted and tagged both me and the writer in the tweet, I felt the need to graciously accept the high praise…

“Somehow fake hustled my way through 11 big league seasons, 12 Ironman’s, countless ultra marathons, the Western States 100, a triathlon across America and the 12 & 24 hour speed golf world records… If that gets me the ‘king of the look at me fake hustle title, I humbly accept.” 👍

The bottom line is that most great, fun and adventurous things that we do in our lives will also come with a possible “look at me fake hustle” critique… Yet so long as we remain committed to our craft for the most pure and authentic reasons, we will always be able to get in the final word and the last laugh because for some reason I never heard from that writer again 🤷‍♂️

-EB 

 

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