Originality with Chuck

“Nothing of me is original, I am the combined effort of everybody I’ve ever known.” – Chuck Palahniuk 

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of “Fight Club,” “Choke,” “Survivor,” “Damned” and many more novels written for adult males. He may not be the first choice to search for a lesson for ones daughter, but stay with me.

inspire-others-161Lesson: The new lesson I’ve taken from it is that you ARE original, because of everyone you know. You owe it to everyone you’ve met in your life for giving you exactly what it takes to be you.So I’ve read this quote before a few times as it is from an author I really enjoy and I’ve always taken it as ‘You are not original’. That in itself is a grim thought. It has made it east to skip over it and not put too much thought into it. And then I came across it in close proximity to an image that said “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with, choose wisely,” and it gave it a new life for me.

It takes on a whole new life when you think of it like this.

Why do what’s not fun?

“That’s why I’m a maker. This is fun for me.” – Adam Savage

The other day I happened upon a web series called One Day Builds. It is sort of a nerd’s ‘This Old House’ (which I also enjoy) and in the episode I watched, Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) was building a showpiece and/or utility case for his Blade Runner replica gun. I had known Adam Savage was an avid builder, outside of his career, because of a TED talk I had watched and was interested in how he was going to put it all together.

While watching it, I had noticed just how much he was enjoying figuring out what he was going to do next. And then he said it… he summed it all up with the quote above.

Lesson: Become obsessed and do what you love. It will become what you’re good at and it won’t matter if it’s your job or not. There are a million ways to say that and if you don’t learn it early, it will take you a lifetime to teach yourself over what has taken its place.

I have also included an image with another quote from Adam Savage where I think it sums up what it takes to learn anything from the quote above.

“I have concluded through careful empirical analysis and much thought that somebody is looking out for me, keeping track of what I think about things, forgiving me when I do less than I ought. Giving me strength to shoot for more than I think I’m capable of. I believe they know everything that I do and think, and they still love me, and I’ve concluded, after careful consideration, that this person keeping score, is me.” – Adam Savage

Knowing this self-reliance makes knowing what you like to do possible.

Consent Required

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States during her husband’s (FDR) time in office from 1933 – 1945. She was also an outspoken, feminist, civil rights humanitarian that earned her a top 10 spot on “Gallup’s List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.” The quote below is one of her most famous quotes these days with its empowering message and viral nature. It has some clouded origins, but it seems to have been said some time before 1940 when it ran in a Readers Digest article.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Lesson: Quite simply it means you should be able to control your mood. If you are insulted, then it shouldn’t make you feel bad or defeated or ‘inferior’ if you know it to be otherwise.

It’s important to remember that we can control our own mood when faced with adversity such as hecklers or bullies.

Eleanor Roosevelt

A quick thank you to the Quote Investigator for some of the information of it’s origins.

Louis CK on Boredom

“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.”

― Louis CK

Here is an incredible piece of wisdom from, a seemingly unlikely source. This quote from the FX show LOUIE, “Country Drive” (first aired in 2011), the brainchild of comedian/actor/writer/slash/man about town Louis CK. He may not be your first idea of a source of wisdom if you have just heard clips of his stand-up. However, if you’ve paid attention and heard him speak candidly, which is much of what his newer stand-up is, you will realize that he is speaking very bluntly about what he has learned the hard way through his entire life.

Louis CKI think I really like this quote because I’ve heard the clip, which you can view on HULU if you’d like, and in it he is talking to a child. After seeing this, I realized that I spent a lot of my summers bored, even though I really shouldn’t have.

Lesson: This lesson is one I want to try to teach early. It’s simply that you can always be doing something. If you choose to sit down and do nothing, then you aren’t bored… you’re being boring.

I try to keep doing ‘things’ in order to excuse myself from boredom. I see that even though I may not be getting anything accomplished, I am either entertaining myself, or reading or relaxing at the very least. Don’t get me wrong, I still “get bored” but, I’m trying.