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Originally published on 2/24/2011 3:38 pm. Revised and re-published on 12/13/2011 9:39 pm.
The Biggest Mistake of My Life (Thought I’d Share) 我一生中最大的錯誤 (分享)
by Frank M. Lin
Maybe I should have kept this to myself but I thought why not… someone else might benefit from reading this. Like most human beings, I’ve made numerous small mistakes through out my life. It is simply in our nature. Live and learn, and grow from your mistakes.
- It’s an honor to instruct along side of well known professional Porsche drivers Cort Wagner and Craig Stanton.
- 2005 Motorsports Club of Beverlly Hills – Cort Wagner on left, and the black shirt is Bill Auberlen, one of my favorite driver in the world! It’s kind of unusual for Bill to make it out. I rarely seen him on a club day…
In life, be it on a professional or personal level, I have always learn from my past ones. I rarely make the same mistake twice. In retrospective, the biggest mistake I’ve made thus far in my life was answering to the critics (more or less) from the time periods of 2003-2007. While I had said I didn’t care about what people thought of me, I suppose deeper down inside I did care because I tried to alter their opinion about myself. Even if some of them completely misunderstood me. There were many lies and completely made up shits written about me and I felt compelled to clear them up.
The lies mainly centered around driving other people’s cars. Here’s the bottom line, it is absolutely no one’s business except between the owner of the car and myself. Stop being nosy and get out of my face. Don’t hate because I have earned the trust of these students where they allow me to take even the Porsche Carrera GT out at Willow Springs big track by myself. This was how it went down… “Hey, can I take the CGT out for few laps for bragging rights to my friends?”, Owner: “Yeah go right ahead, the key is in the car.”. That is how I do it folks. LOL.
- 2005 Motorsports Club of Beverlly Hills – Porsche Carrera GT sounds amazing. I hit 160 mph on the front straight with out pushing hard. Cort Wagner said he saw 180 mph!!
Now, for you fellow instructors who has EVER driven someone else’s car, you have absolutely no position to tell me I should not drive someone else’s car. Just about every single instructor in DE has driven a a student or someone else’ car at some point in time. There is no difference in what you are doing vs. what I have done.
Thanks to the numerous online forum haters out there I stopped enjoying instructing for about 2 years during 2006 – 2007. I lost my passion to share what I love for while because it felt like, what’s the point. What am I doing with all this track whoring and HPDE anyway? It’s great to make friends and share the passion but in my grand scheme of becoming a professional race car driver I was in fact wasting my time.
And then 2008 rolls around for personal reasons beyond my control I had to move back to Taiwan… until now. Now that I’m back, 2012 will be the return of the track whore status again. See you there!! 🙂
- 2005 – Motorsports Club of Beverlly Hills – Helping Jeff go flat out at Willow Springs turn 8 in 6th gear in his GT3RS was a good bonding experience! He also offered to let me drive the RS for few laps, an offer I can’t refuse… 🙂 As you can see we both had a awesome time.
In the end, trying to be honest and sharing all your feelings doesn’t help. It’s best to just keep quiet and let the action and results speak for themselves. Sometimes it just takes time. Haters will always hate. By reacting to them it will only create more negative vibrations. That was the lesson learned.
Never explain yourself. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it. – Belgicia Howell
從不解釋自己。你的朋友並不需要它，你的敵人也不會相信。- Belgicia Howell