Benefiting From the Insightfulness of Others

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					                                            The Write Lane with Kelly Wade

                                         Benefiting From the Insightfulness of Others
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                                   ust as drag racers, in
                                   general, are huge fans
                               of adrenaline, horsepower,
                                                                                         they aren’t rehashing the weekend in a manner that
                                                                                         brings you to the edge of your seat. Sometimes, the
                                                                                         best lines in an interview are brief utterances that
                                                                                                                                                                                           on the win, I had the distinct impression that
                                                                                                                                                                                           Mosbek wasn’t the type of guy who would want to
                                                                                                                                                                                           give a long speech chock full of details about the
                               and speed and are                                         exemplify humility, or, conversely, the ones in which a                                           weekend, but I was pleasantly surprised by how
                               continually seeking ways to                               sense of abundant confidence is conveyed.                                                         easy our phone call went and how in depth he
                               enrich their experience and                                   It’s fascinating that almost every victor has a                                               answered each of my inquiries. In the end, my
                               capitalize on the latest                                  story that goes beyond the statistics, something that                                             favorite morsel from our talk was:
                               technology, writers are                                   brings an additional layer of depth to the plot and                                                   “I just kept telling everybody, ‘Don’t worry. It’s
typically rather enthusiastic fans of the written word,                                  expands it from a simple how-the-winner-did-it                                                    my birthday. I’m going to win the race; I can’t lose.’
and it is not at all uncommon for practicing scribes to                                  offering to a more compelling tale. And even when                                                 Maybe it was a confidence thing, and maybe I was
somewhat obsessively seek insight and inspiration to                                     there really isn’t a hugely heartwarming story to                                                 trying to give myself a boost, but it worked.”
guide them through their daily tasks. As a writer, I                                     unearth, the sheer joy expressed by a winner is                                                       There are a couple of things that I appreciate
subscribe to this obsession myself, and for many years,                                  enough to elicit a rash of inspiration-filled goose                                               about this statement. One, Mosbek, as kind as he
I’ve taken to posting little inspirational blurbs in my                                  bumps. Of course, it can be a little tricky to convey                                             is, seemed to be attempting to sooth the worries of
workspace to keep me on task or simply to boost my                                       that enthusiastic tone on paper, but usually, the                                                 his supporters between rounds. Now, I’m no racer,
energy when I begin to feel a little dizzy due to looming                                racer will provide enough to make my job fairly easy.                                             but I’m fairly certain that if I were, everyone
deadlines and a fairly full plate. The current quote                                         One of the folks who made my job particularly easy                                            around me would be trying to calm me down and
taped to my monitor is from jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald:                                 this year was Jerry Emmons, who won Stock in Dallas                                               not vice versa. Two, whether it was about wanting
    “It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re                                     after weathering Hurricane Ike just a few days prior.                                             to win on his birthday or just wanting to win,
going that counts.”                                                                      Emmons was not only totally stoked about the win, but                                             period, Mosbek used my favorite mind trick ever:
    I’m certain that the talented Ms. Fitzgerald meant                                   he’s also a gregarious conversationalist by nature, and                                           Believe you will do it and you will.
something entirely different when she uttered this                                       he darn near wrote the story himself. I felt like a                                                   Finally, I’ll leave you with something that Phoenix
phrase, but to me, it is a gentle reminder that even                                     gawking bystander as he answered every question I had                                             Super Stock winner Jimmy DeFrank said after
though I cut my writing teeth in the fashion world, I                                    before I even asked any of them. At the end of the                                                sweeping the category, despite a last-minute engine
can still, eventually, be successful in this starkly                                     interview, Emmons left me with this little gem:                                                   swap prior to first round that could have been a
different arena where the fashion of the day is black                                        “I can’t help but think that good things are right                                            stressful situation and put a negative slant to the
pants and a crew shirt or a firesuit decorated with                                      around the corner.”                                                                               weekend, possibly changing the outcome of the event:
clutch dust. Being successful here, in this fast-paced                                       I was buoyed by this sentiment. Here is this man                                                  “We’re having a lot of fun, and that’s the best way.
world that doesn’t reek of expensive perfume and                                         who had very recently, along with his family and all of                                           Often when you’re having fun, you do a little bit better.”
haute couture, will mean so much more to me                                              Southeast Texas, been through a traumatic storm that                                                  That simple little reminder to enjoy the task at
because this is where I want to be, solidly in the                                       left much devastation in its wake, and he was able to                                             hand, face obstacles with a determined smile, and
middle of the land of nitro fumes and tire smoke.                                        focus on driving, winning the event, and looking                                                  make the most of any opportunity may well find its
    The Fitzgerald quote is a good one, but it has served                                forward to a bright future instead of lamenting the                                               way to a sticky note soon to be taped to my monitor.
its purpose, and it’s time for something new. That                                       havoc that was waiting back home in Pasadena, Texas.                                                  Thanks for the inspiration everyone. ND
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Description: [...] my favorite morsel from our talk was: I just kept telling everybody, 'Don't worry. [...] I'll leave you with something that Phoenix Super Stock winner Jimmy DeFrank said after sweeping the category, despite a last-minute engine swap prior to first round that could have been a stressful situation and put a negative slant to the weekend, possibly changing the outcome of the event: We're having a lot of fun, and that's the best way.
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