Many of you have been on me for quite a long time to start publishing content on the things that I speak about. And some of you probably wish I’d shut my mouth and keep my opinions to myself.
That’s fair enough and I would probably feel likewise if I saw things from your perspective.
But nonetheless, I’ve decided to move forward with publishing content via my own blog (www.JayWoodford.com), Facebook, YouTube, Instagram,Medium, Anchor, SnapChat, and Pinterest…maybe. I’m even working with some people on creating a podcast.
As most people who know me well know, I’m an all or nothing kind of guy and if I’ve made the decision to do this, then I’m not going to do it half-assed.
Here’s what you can expect.
I’m not doing this to make friends and I have no ability to succumb to people pleasing. I have very strong opinions and stances on issues that are very important to me but I also like to have fun. Somethings I’m going to put out will speak to you. Others will piss you right off and offend you. Some people will get over it and others won’t, I can’t waste too much time on that.
The bottom line is, I’ve come to terms with the reality that I am not responsible for how people respond to what I put out. So just so you know upfront, I have zero interest in being politically correct or seeking to avoid causing offense.
If that bothers you, feel free to click the unfollow or unsubscribe button.
I think our propensity to be so thin-skinned and easily offended is a very serious liability and I utterly refuse to cater to that. But at the same time, though I do hold strong opinions, I definitely do not think I have all the answers. Not even close.
In fact, one of the biggest things that has stopped me is my fear of being another voice of condemnation to people that are already hurting. I know that we can all be our own worst critic and I have no desire to add to that. But I also know that how people respond to what I put out is their own personal responsibility.
I know sometimes I can go over the top and when I’m angry and passionate about a cause, I can lack compassion, empathy and understanding.
I acknowledge to you that this a character flaw and it demonstrates a lack of maturity in that area.
However, this is something that is improving over time and I know that it will continue to do so.
I trust that when I am older, wiser, more experienced and more mature, I will look back at myself and laugh or scoff — I don’t know.
But I embrace the journey and I will not avoid stepping out and taking risks because I haven’t got it all together
because if I did, I’d never do anything and I’d have regrets and I refuse to settle for that existence.
I want to be an example to my kids and other people by being someone who steps out, takes risks, makes mistakes and fails but still steps out and moves forward regardless.
I’m not afraid of looking stupid, failing or making mistakes and I wish the same for you.
Finally, I am always open to hearing the other side of the story and admitting when I’m wrong — because honestly I’m probably wrong way more often than I’m right.
So if you disagree or want to challenge what I’ve said, you’re absolutely free and welcome to do so. I will truly appreciate and respect it and I’ll do my best to make sure I create a safe environment for that kind of engagement.
But just know that if you come out swinging instead of talking, I don’t back down. So if you want to have a reasonable discussion, I’m down with that and will embrace it. If you want take the gloves off and go at it, just know I refuse to be intimidated into silence
and the more people try to do so, the more pissed off and belligerent I tend to get.
It’s my sincere hope that what I put out is of value to people. Thanks for taking this journey with me and to all those who have encouraged and supported me over the years, I sincerely appreciate it more than words could ever say.