The Groin is Off Limits

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In boxing, there are parts of the body that are deemed off limits to a deathly blow. Because if you’re the one to initiate an off-limits blow, fear of retaliation will have you guarding your loins until the apocalypse.

But these days, all of the boundaries are being pushed—not just in sports, but in every aspect of our lives where competition rules over us like the NRA rules over Fox news. We no longer can fade into the background of our cherished rules in hopes that success will somehow find us, buried under a mound of misery and Twinkie wrappers. Opportunity has become slimmer, and with it, the chances of success. So we break the rules. Or at least push against them with force greater than the Hulk on Red Bull.

So if our options are shrinking, is it really such a bad thing to push our limits? Rule-breakers have always existed in history—they’re the ones who we can thank for our knowledge of astronomy, the invention of the atomic bomb, and the freeing of the Tibetans. But now, more than ever, rule-breaking is critical. (And by rule-breaking I don’t mean packing your rucksack to couch surf in hostels because you think a desk-job is the death of coolness. I mean rule-breaking to find honest-to-goodness success.) There are so many people, with so much knowledge, in our progressive era that becoming successful in any domain feels like an impossible feat. But if Bill Gates wouldn’t have snuck into his university computer lab in the middle of the night to write code, would he have ended up another college bum crowding Cancun on spring break? If Warren Buffett wouldn’t have persuaded a janitor to let him into the office of a GEICO exec, would he be just another mid-twenty-year-old throwing a couple dollars at the trendy Facebook stock?

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Rule-breakers  matter. They make the difference between ordinary and extraordinary, between stagnancy and innovation, between the world as we knew it yesterday versus the way it will be tomorrow. And in a time and place where opportunity presents itself like a Bentley’s engine disguised in a Ford’s frame, our only option is to push the boundaries and find what’s hidden beneath the pile of rubble before us. As Thomas Edition so masterfully puts it, “Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.”

The groin is no longer off limits. So go ahead and wind up your sucker-punch.

About OneWeekToCrazy

Writer in my real life, Milton in my work life. Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.

Posted on May 12, 2013, in Lifestyle, Rule Breakers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Love it. I knew I was a rule-breaker for a reason.

  2. Spoken like a true capitalist. The trick is to have someone to hang out with once you get to the top? Also it would be nice to help others help themselves after achieving said thing for yourself. Love your writing still.

    • Ha, yes I believe so! We certainly cannot mistake breaking the rules with stepping on everyone else to get to the top…success is not worth achieving if we don’t maintain our relationships and some ethics. Thanks for reading again, I always value your input!

  3. True genius and innovation comes from knowing what rules need to be broken in order to reach goals. There are far too many people in society who love the idea of breaking the rules for the sake of shock, notoriety, and selfish gain with no actual far reaching or long range benefits. Productive rule breaking must have a certain respect for the value of the rules that were there in the first place and a clear vision of how those rules can be improved.

    Tossing It Out

  4. Rulebreakers DO matter; Beethoven, Stravinsky, Picasso, Pollock, Miles Davis, Lenny Bruce. we’re better off for each and every one of them.

  5. Very interesting post – I’d never thought about it quite that way. I’ve always thought of them more as groundbreaking – but you’re right. They had to break some rules along the way!

  6. Great post thank you! More and more we are pushing the boundaries, a necessary something to do in today’s world. In the past as well as you aptly showed. Know the rules firstly though and then break them, wisely and imaginatively in service to innovation!

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