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June 15, 2015

LESSON 2: Pay your dues

At one point, even the most seasoned skateboarding veterans were the new kid. We all had that moment when we showed up at the local spot for the first time, wanting desperately to fit in and be accepted by the cool older kids. Which of course never happens right off the bat: instead they vibe you for sucking, having a dumb haircut, and anything else they can think of. But if you really love skateboarding, you keep coming back, paying your dues until you've earned your place. https://youtu.be/pUc4xZX2194?t=24m27s Footage from "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography," which you should definitely check out in full My favorite example of this is Tony Hawk. While today he's an icon who is all but universally respected, that was definitely not always the case. At the beginning of his career, he was the new kid. In stark contrast to the super cool punk rock guys of the previous generation who…
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