I may not have wanted to see those things, have had those experiences, but I am better off for having done so.
Michael Jordan was a genius who constantly wanted to upgrade his genius.
You’ve got to embrace discomfort, it’s the only way you can put yourself in situations where you can learn, and the only way you can keep your senses fresh once you’re there.
The G-word applies because Louis C.K. is, like Pryor, so much more than, and more vital than, a comedian. I’m not referring here to the quantitative “more than” of C.K.’s extra-stand-up professional life, mind-boggling as that is (writing/producing/directing/starring in his semi-auto-biographical FX series, Louie, starting its fourth season this month, large roles in David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, et cetera). I’m pretty sure I’m not even referring to content—that is, to the endless shocks of self-recognition C.K. delivers, about how we Americans are and aren’t thinking, feeling, fucking, connecting in the second decade of the twenty-first century. No, C.K.’s genius is all about how he forcefully accesses that psychic marrow of ours, “going there” in an era in which it’s gotten all but impossible to shock. There is nothing he can’t and won’t demystify or de-sentimentalize.
Hollywood produced some 500 science fiction movies during the 1950s, and the stars of many of them were colossal mutant insects. Why were people in the mid-twentieth century obsessed with giant bugs? One economist sums up the dominant theories.
"As Andrew Tudor put it, ‘In this xenophobic universe we can do nothing but rely on the state, in the form of military, scientific and governmental elites. Only they have the recourse to the technical knowledge and coercive resources necessary for our defense. In this respect, then, fifties [sci-fi] movies teach us not so much to stop worrying and love the bomb as to keep worrying and love the state.’"
“You are not a victim. No matter what you have been through, you’re still here. You may have been challenged, hurt, betrayed, beaten, and discouraged, but nothing has defeated you. You are still here! You have been delayed but not denied. You are not a victim, you are a victor. You have a history of victory.”
― Steve Maraboli,
Success researcher Richard St. John wants everyone to avoid an all-too-common problem: success-to-failure syndrome.
In his book 8 to Be Great, he identified the eight characteristics of successful people:
- They focus on passion, not money.
- They work, but have fun: they’re “workafrolics.”
- They get good by practicing.
- They focus on a niche.
- They push themselves physically and mentally, through shyness and self-doubt.
- They serve others by offering something of value.
- They generate ideas by listening and observing, being curious, asking questions, problem solving, and making connections.
- They persist through failure and “crap” (criticism, rejection, assholes, pressure).