Last Week Lessons



I had to include something from the late Roger Ebert. He has a large assortment, and I am sure I will reference him again. Unfortunately, I am also going to be seeking wisdom from the life of the late Margaret Thatcher who passed earlier this morning.


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.

The hits keep coming!

“It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard to can get hit and keep moving forward.”  – Rocky Balboa

I have been sitting on this quote from Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” because I really liked it, but had so many great lessons/quotes to share. After the last few days though, the quote came to life and I realized that I needed it just as much as I wanted to teach it.

Hits don’t need to be physical; after this week, I’ve learned they can be verbal, fiscal and motivational.

Lesson: There should be no quit. You’re always going to get hit and knocked back every now and again, but there needs to be something in you that wants to move forward and keep striving for something new.

Sacrificing Old for New

“Wear the old coat, buy the new book.” – Austin Phelps

Austin was an American minister and educator from Massachusetts. He has written many theological text books (many of which still have printings) but may not be known outside of theology studies. As far as I can tell, his most widely known statement may be the one quoted above.

Lesson: I decided to choose this because I think that at face value, the statement is perfect. It tells you that you should forego newer nice-to-haves in order to pursue knowledge. However, I think it is a bit deeper than that. I have drawn the lesson that we should not give up on what we have which  will then enable us to pursue knowledge.

The difference may be subtle, but it stands up in my mind.