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I have been thinking about writing this post for quite some time.  There are people I encounter in life that I consider a Bad Ass.  I encounter true Bad Asses occasionally, but less and less frequently these days.

I don’t care what your W2 said you made last year.  I don’t care how athletic you are.  I don’t care how people view you. 

A Bad Ass is someone who is someone who is passionate about something.  A Bad Ass is someone who is not afraid to speak his or her mind.  A Bad Ass is someone who stands up for what they believe in regardless of what others think of them. I aspire to be like them.  I imagine you do too!

You see, there are too many wimps out there.  They wake up, do their thing and go on with their lives.  I look for someone who wants to make a difference. 

Man up, put your gloves on and don’t be afraid to speak your mind.  Don’t be afraid of trying something different.   Don’t be afraid of what someone else might think. 

You are an original.  You are unique.   Be confident.  Be bold.  Be excited.  Love life, and embrace change.  Make a difference.  Stick out your tongue, do a slam-dunk.

Thanks for all of the Bad Asses out there.  You know who you are.  I do too.  Recruiting needs you.  Change the world one idea at a time.  I need to take your lead.  I certainly have a lot to learn from you.  

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Comment by Recruiting Animal on April 11, 2014 at 1:18pm

Now, Pete. What's your opinion of being a badass? Is it good or is it nasty?

Comment by Pete Radloff on April 11, 2014 at 1:23pm

Im sure I'll regret answering this, but........

As it relates to this field, because generalizing the term doesnt do squat* for our purposes. I think it's being both good at what you do, as well as being passionate about it. It's being competitive, and not wanting to lose at anything or anyone. It's being resilient and dogged about making those around you better, and still being willing to share that knowledge with others. 

*squat used in lieu of an Animal Bad Word

That's all. I get your side of it. But I think there are ways to say it that are more constructive and less vitriolic. 

Happy Friday. 

Comment by Keith D. Halperin on April 11, 2014 at 2:44pm

@ Everybody: This conversation is degenerating rapidly, and while I normally approve of such things happening, this isn't particularly enlightening/enjoyable anymore...


Comment by Will Thomson on April 13, 2014 at 9:08pm

Hey Keith, the purpose of this blog was for a fun conversation and really to hand a compliment to many.  We got off track.  

Comment by Linda Ferrante LoCicero on April 14, 2014 at 10:06am

Whoo hoo!  I'm a bad ass!  Thanks for the post, Will!  

Comment by Derdiver on April 14, 2014 at 10:25am

Beware of people who insist on telling others how much of a rock star they are. #truth

Comment by Will Thomson on April 14, 2014 at 10:35am

Linda, I am glad you liked it.  

Derek, the biggest bad asses are people that don't have to say they are a bad ass, but they lead by example- agreed.  BTW- you are a bad ass.  :)

Comment by Keith D. Halperin on April 14, 2014 at 11:24am

@ Will: Yes indeed. I liked what you had- then they broke it.

@ Derdriver: Well-said. Whenever they do, just remember: they are a big **** (probably) compensating for a small ****.


Keith "Not Bad Ass, just BAD" Halperin

Comment by Steven Guine on April 17, 2014 at 9:01pm

Reality check, Will. Bad asses are usually unemployed. Why, because there are so many wimps out there in positions of authority which can spot a bad ass a mile away and sends up a flare so the other wimps can help circle the wagons in order to keep said bad ass out. Don't believe me? take a look at the current employment marketplace. It is not tailor made for the bad ass, but handcrafted for the wimp.

There's plenty of risk/compliance managers out there and not all inhabit HR and people are now, more than ever, cautious about what they say and think before hitting the send button. We have thought policed ourselves into the wimp and for good reason; college loans, mortgages, paying for childcare, car payments, keeping the significant other happy by staying employed... This is what makes for sheep/wimps.

Once upon a time, it was more than okay to be a maverick (that's the old and seldom used term from that long ago bygone era). Nowadays, that person who colors outside the lines is seen as a boat rocker, malcontent, risk, threat to the company, and/or a problem.

You step up and speak your mind. I hope you have something saved for a rainy day.

Comment by Will Thomson on April 18, 2014 at 10:50am

Steve, I have thought long and hard about how to respond to your comment.  Here is what I will say.


I agree with the picture comment.  I saw it and was taken back also. Thank you for your comments.


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