Quotes of controversy: “Whatever you think, think the opposite”

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Xtreme Ice Skating

Below will be a few quotes that I read from a book called, “Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite” by Paul Arden, read in 2005 and I will be commenting on these quotes and how they related to my starting the sport, Xtreme Ice Skating.

 
It’s Better to Regret What You Have Done Than What You Haven’t

Many people reach the age of forty, only to realize they have missed out on life.

In many cases they had everything going for them, except when the gauntlet was tossed their way, they lacked the courage to pick it up.

No one is going to cut off your right arm, take away your motorbike or put you in jail if you don’t succeed.

A friend of mine whose father had links with the IRA was in a spot of bother, so he went to his father for advice.

He said, ‘Dad, I’m in trouble.’

The Father asked, ‘Are they going to kill you?’

He said, ‘Oh, no, no.’

His father said, ‘Son, you don’t have a problem.’

Even when we want to be timid and play it safe, we should pause for a moment to imagine what we might be missing.

Dan Perceval’s commentary:
When I was 23 years old, almost 24 — right out of college, I told myself I wasn’t going to work for someone the rest of my life. I tried to imagine a world where I would be working a regular 9-5 job; doing what I’ve been told, asking for pay raises, asking if I could go home sick or not, and etc. The very thought of it made me sick to my stomach. I knew right then and there that I was going to be a business owner and entrepreneur the rest of my life.

I was an entrepreneur when I was young, around the age of 12. I had my own snow removal business. I even remember going to a trade show for young entrepreneurs back in 1993. I was in Junior High School at the time, a.ka.: Middle School. So the spirit was always in me. But now, the timing was right and my life was about to start. I was about to graduate college and take the biggest leap of my life: instead of working a regular job, I started a new sport (Xtreme Ice Skating) which would be my own business, and try to make a living off of it the rest of my life. Starting a new sport is one of the hardest things to ever do in business. Well, I’m 29 years old now, 5 and a half years later since the start of the business, spent 50 thousand dollars and years of hard work, often giving up a social life, and I’m still struggling to make the business work. I can honestly say to myself that at this point, I still don’t know what my future will be, and what it will bring. But one thing is absolutely certain: In years to come I could honestly say to myself that: I’d rather have tried and failed than not have tried at all and be wondering: what could have been?

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What is a Bad Idea?

Ideas are a matter of taste.

What is a good idea to some can be bad or boring to others.

A good idea is a clever solution to a problem, one that I have never seen before.

But if an idea is not taken up and used as a solution to a problem, it has no value.

It becomes a non-idea; lying in a drawer, being useless.

Worse than useless, it’s a complete waste of space.

Ideas have to be applied before they are recognized as good ideas.

Even a bad idea executed is better than a good idea undone.

The longer it is used the better the idea is considered to be.

That is why the wheel is reckoned to be the best idea ever.

Dan Perceval’s commentary:
I remember the backlash and awful rejection of many skaters worldwide after I had first started the sport Xtreme Ice Skating, after putting my website up in 2005. I made the bold claim: that I am the founder of the sport of Xtreme Ice Skating. So many people on the internet were saying, “Dan Perceval is not the founder of Xtreme Ice Skating since so many people have been doing it for years before him.” On message boards, I would see comments such as, “ya know.. I had that idea of creating ice ramps and skates you could grind on 20 years ago — but I never followed through with it.” Well, it turns out, that many years later, most of these people no longer dispute the fact of my claim. They accept it. And they accept it because either they no longer care, or that I have earned their respect, through hard work and action. What’s the point of this quote? Having a novel idea doesn’t make you the founder of that idea. But making an idea a reality is the only way to claim something and for what it’s truly worth. The simple lesson I have learned from all of this is: if you want something in life, you have to work your ass off get it, and it’s never going to be easy, ever.

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STEAL

STEAL from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.

Devour films, music, books, paintings, poems, photographs, conversations, dreams, trees, architecture, street signs, clouds, light and shadows.

Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.

Authenticity is invaluable.

Originality is non-existent.

Don’t bother concealing your thievery — celebrate it if you feel like it.

Remember Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from — it’s where you take them to.”

Dan Perceval’s commentary:
This quote reminds me of something that happened in our sport about four years ago in 2006. Do you guys remember when I first put up all those youtube videos of me teaching those kids Xtreme Ice Skating? If you don’t, here’s the video. Freestyler ice-skaters weren’t the only ones pissed. Figure skaters were FURIOUS lol. You will probably also remember the first round of ice-skating tutorials on youtube. Well here’s the kicker: the first round of video tutorials were almost entirely video requests. Those requests were made by freestyle ice skaters (Xtreme Ice Skaters were so few at the time). Little did I know that freestyle ice-skating was pretty popular around the world. I guess here in the United States things tend to get a little secluded especially when you’re not talking about football or baseball. Anyway, when I put up those video tutorials — which many were essentially freestyle, the whole entire rebellion started. This was amplified too by the fact that my website said under the biography section, “..combination of totally new tricks”. When I wrote that, my intentions were to be JUST THAT. But things don’t always work out the way you’d expect. So the rebellion continued because I failed to address the issue: that these skating tutorials were only video requests and that they weren’t intended to be part of the sport (except for the Drunken’ Sailor). So years went by and people from all over the world expressed their discontent of the notion and in explicit ways by some (you know who you are; harassing phone calls, videos, etc..). That’s okay. Maybe those people grew up by now. But the point I’m making is — and relating to the quote, that I had failed to celebrate my inspiration from the get-go (thievery if you want to call it that). I should have put more emphasis that I’m the founder of SPORT itself, rather than many of the tricks involved, even though many I DID create. And the fact of the matter is that when you create a sport, other similar sports are going to have an impact of your own work. People who initially like your sport are going to be the ones who will help your sport take off, and they will inject their own ideas into your sport. You don’t tear down the people who’ve lifted you up. And even if you could, why would you? Skating movements from other similar sports or disciplines are simply going to be expressed in your own inspiration (sport). You can’t stop inclusion, inspiration, and imagination. In fact, we should celebrate them.

By the way, check out this video. It is in relation to “What we do and why”.

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