Entrepreneurs are ruling this recession. Why? Because they’re hungry and motivated. They’re out there finding business from places you wouldn’t have even thought to look. That’s the thing, people don’t want to work. They want a job and a paycheck.
There are lion tamers who are “naturals” - born lion tamers – and lion tamers who “know the ropes”. They try hard but the lions instinctively sense that. You see them checking their messages while these persistent wannabes attempt desperately to command their attention.
Even the layperson can intuit distinction between the naturals and the “not-born-to-its”. One sends you home feeling exhilarated; the other – you may not be able to put your finger on it – but you somehow feel that something meaningful was missing.
Annette Bening tries and does commendably well. But, like the lion tamer to whom the lions pay only perfunctory attention, there is something missing.
If you’re me, possessing an ear attuned to the material’s potential, you can sense that the monologues deserve bigger laughs than the performer, lacking the “basic ingredient” is able to elicit.
You can feel the audience wanting to laugh more – and Draper’s delicious observations meriting more – but Bening’s comedic insufficiencies turn potential home runs into opportunity-missing singles.
I mostly sat there, imagining which performer might “kill” in a similar situation.
People tell me, "I want to be a writer." OK, then write. There's no trick. No one's gonna knock on your door and ask you to write. Just write, dummy. Put your 10,000 hours in (see: Malcolm Gladwell), and be undeniable.
Don't let defeat discourage you
I got fired from Saturday Night Live and fired from my next job, a sitcom, right after. It made me gun-shy. But I lived through it. I kept going. As Charlie Kaufman said: "Do not worry about failure. Failure is a badge of honor. It means you risked failure."
Do start reflecting
I do therapy. If therapy isn't your thing, then go to church or get a Pema Chödrön book for $9 on Audible—whatever you need to do to live an examined life. It'll make your life (and the lives of people around you) exponentially richer.
Be nice to yourself
I've caught myself feeling utter disgust looking at myself naked.. If we were half as nice to ourselves as we are to any f--king stranger on the street, we'd be winning.
Don't get cosmetic surgery
Aging is like a really slow-moving horror movie. When I see people with fillers or weirdo stretched-out faces, I'm like, You look crazy.