Day 266 – A Chip On Your Shoulder

Do you have a chip on your shoulder?

This is such a funny saying.  I had to look it up to find out where it came from.  According to the Phrase Finder it started out that shipwrights were allowed to carry out planks of wood (chips) on their shoulders after work.  However many planks a man could carry on his shoulder were his to keep.  But, the owners soon deemed too much wood was being removed and the shipwrights could only carry out what they were able to carry UNDER ONE arm.  This was substantially fewer planks (chips) and the shipwrights PUSHED BACK with their chips on their shoulders.

A person with a chip on his shoulder is a problem for anybody who must deal with him. He seems to be expecting trouble, ready to instigate a fight. The saying becomes a warning about the dangers of attacking people who are in more important positions than you are.

Oh, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could see the chips carried on shoulders today.  It’s tough enough to see the chip when we meet the individual carrying the chip face to face.  Sometimes you can see the look in their eye when a specific subject comes into conversation. 

I have a solution to get your chip off your shoulder: Grow UP!

Quit being a baby, get some thicker skin and get over yourself.  The world is a tough place and if you go around with a chip on your shoulder, daring anyone you meet to knock it off, guess what? 

Someone is going to knock it off your shoulder. 

Whether it be on purpose or accidentally.  The best thing you can do for yourself is to take that chip off your shoulder.

Remember, you are not the center of the universe anymore. We all are our own center.  Right or wrong, most people are just thinking about themselves. 

Take the chip off your shoulder.

About Dave, The Gratitude Guy

Dave Block, aka “Dave, The Gratitude Guy” is an emerging entrepreneur on a mission to spread a powerful message about the importance of having daily gratitude in your life. His cause is to create positive change in the world by educating everyone, through his appearances, blogs, videos, and future projects that the best way for us to value our present day happiness is to be grateful for what we have in our life right now. If more people lived life this way, great changes would occur. Just understand that by being who you really are, you will attract more of what you truly want in your life. And gratitude is the key that opens up the door to happiness. Recently, Dave have branded himself with Thank God I... to create a new interview series called "The Thank God I..." Interview. The interviews are with empowering people from Movies, TV, Music,and Sports who have encountered hardships and had to endure tough times in life only to emerge stronger by their attitude and how they are thankful for it all. For more information, please visit
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