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How Not To Take Things Personally: Frederik Imbo (Transcript)

Frederik Imbo talk @TEDxMechelen

Here is the full text and summary of actor Frederik Imbo’s talk: How not to take things personally? at TEDxMechelen conference.

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TRANSCRIPT:

Good evening. Good evening. How are you? Are you good? Great.

Welcome, welcome, welcome to this match. This match will take exactly 18 minutes. Okay, and you’re all part of the same team: Mechelen.

Okay. Hey guys, I would like to see fair play on the field, respect and positivity. Is that okay for everyone? Cool. Good luck.

One year ago, I decided I wanted to become a football referee, not because of the money, though. I only get paid €20 per match. So I won’t really get rich by it. Will I? No.

I decided to become a referee for two other reasons: one, to stay in good shape; two, because I wanted to learn how not to take things personally.

I can see some people nodding; you’re probably thinking being a referee is the perfect environment to learn how not to take things personally. Isn’t it?

Because the spectators hardly ever shout encouraging or positive things. No.

Oh, what do they shout? Come on. Yeah, yeah, good. As a referee, I’m the scapegoat. Apparently I’m always wrong. It’s always my fault. And I wanted to learn how not to take all this personally.

Because I really struggle with this. For example, when I drive slowly, because I’m trying to find a specific location and somebody is just driving behind me, I feel hunted, especially when they start honking and flashing their headlights. I take it personally. I know I shouldn’t. But it just happens.

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