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Before you make it all you have is a Brave Face to the game. You know it’s in you but until you actually go through the fire you don’t really know. This is usually where people need motivation because they need some reassurance that they are going the right way. A Brave Face just means you stay positive and keep a stiff upper lip even though you are worried that things might not work out.
I think it took me a couple of reps before the switch happened for me and I started to really believe things will work out. I grew up with a Plan B through E and was rewarded for being able to adjust to my own failures. Things didn’t work out for me 9 times out of 10 but my Hustle overcame many a setback as I worked on finding the backdoor into anything. I planned to react to a failure so much that I would dream about alternatives. I premeditated all responses to what I wanted and was prepared for a winning response or a acceptance of failure. I was and still am the guy you see driving down the street lost in thought talking to himself with a mean mug listening to rap music. Failure in my life had to be prepared for just as much as success.
So when I hear people are putting a Brave Face on I think it’s a good response to the unknown. I resolved myself to the fact that I’ll survive all setbacks. Never would you catch me without a bus schedule in my car just in case it broke down. Never would you catch me without money hidden some place outside of my house just in case I needed some money and I couldn’t come back home. Never would you catch me relying on anyone to much where I took any handouts or accepted any form of help.
I had a Brave Face to the game before I started figuring it out. I think we all have to come to grips with the fact that failure is more than likely in the early stages of independence. Somehow you have to pysche yourself out and start believing in yourself and a positive outcome without any proof or any knowledge on how that will come into being.