Best of 2022 | Less is More
Today’s episode was chosen by you! You all voted for this episode with your plays and downloads. We’re re-posting our top-performing episode from 2022. Last year on the podcast, we gave away free snippets from Erik Qualman’s book, The Focus Project. So essentially, we gave away the audible version of the book for free, breaking it up into 10 to 20-minute segments. And this segment was our top-performing episode of last year.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling board game Kittycorn.
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Best of 2022 | Less is More
Tip #1: Millie Bobby Brown
“It can be difficult, I mean, not only just the fact that sometimes being a girl is difficult. But not only that, it’s difficult being young, I mean, people can really not take you seriously, especially in this industry, and it’s very difficult to get your point across be had. I’m put in a situation, which is, you know, sometimes it’s different as maybe a little bit different than other young people. But it’s almost the same situation. You know, I’m being watched by everyone, and basically, every move I make is being watched by everyone but actually, it’s not quite it’s not that different in a way. I mean, there are teenagers out there that are evolving in themselves, and they have to go to school every day and deal with whatever they’re dealing with, or whatever they’re dealing with at home. And so for me, we all face the same complications. It’s how we deal with them and how we react. So but for me, I would say like, it’s scary to me. It’s scary for me to express myself at times. But then there are moments where I feel very empowered. And I feel you know, like a really great about myself like when I produced a Nola Holmes I got honored that title, you know, on it not look like not legitimately honored, but felt like I was so honored to have that title as a producer and I walked onto set, and everybody respected me as a person and I just like as a co-worker, and I felt really respected and I felt like we were both treating each other equally and it felt I felt very empowered by then I was really moved and so I feel like those are the moments where I kind of sit down and I appreciate you know what it’s like to be treated the same.”
Tip #2: Jason Sudeikis
“Me It’s a weird thing, weird advice to give at this time, it breaks my heart that like people aren’t doing improv classes, you know, like I really believe you know, a joke around but I mean, it funds the arts don’t give it all to the Sacklers like, also go see shows, that’s what I’ll say. No, like, like, I am a product of like, my mom taking me to see shows when I moved to Chicago when you get to intern it IO or rest in peace or second city, you know, you get to go see shows for free. And I did that nonstop. Watch as much as you can, and, and have an opinion about it. Because really, the job is mostly about having an opinion. As I always say that we’re not being paid in the writer’s room to be to type your paid for your opinion. Like what do you think about the world? What do you think is funny? What do you think is sad? What do you think about good people? How should you respond to the situation? And if you don’t all For your opinion, then you are not making a living, you are taking up space. So it’s kind of it’s like it’s so that’s, that’s two things have an opinion. And I don’t feel you got to pontificate and you know, you know, but have an opinion. But I think its an important thing. And that’s something I don’t know, I think my younger self did always have an opinion. Unfortunately, having an opinion looks better when you’re 45 than when you’re like 25.”
Tip #3: Brian Chesky
“I think you should try to find people you admire that are better than you and that challenge you. The mentality is if they’re better than you, then you will rise to the occasion and become better because you’re around them. And the other thing is yet that people that you deeply trust in, like, you’re going to be around these people for 12 hours a day, 14 hours a day, 16 hours a day, if you’re kind of annoyed by them, after four hours, you’re gonna be annoyed about them. After months, 724 seven, you’re going to really like not to be able to stand them. So you need people that you like, that you trust, and that you admire. And ideally, you have a long history with them. I had a long history with one of the two. But I think Nate who I didn’t have a long history of proof, you don’t have to have been friends with him for seven years for it to work. And I generally find complementary skills rather than overlapping skills works.”
Tip #4: Tiger Woods
“I don’t think we’re necessarily bigger than the sport, I think, just think that we’ve had so much success in the sport. And I think it’s in the way we’ve done it, whether it’s through just pure dominance, or maybe someone may have a more flashy personality, as well as dominating some people or they may do it differently than anyone’s ever seen it done before in the past. And I think that’s where I think people kind of gravitate towards what Messi and Ronaldo are doing now in soccer is just phenomenal, but two different ways. Two different ways of doing it, right? And then you have Jordan, come in into the league, he did it completely differently than anybody else. And then when I came in into golf, I have done differently because no one had ever trained. No one ever lifted weights. No one ever ran miles ever just wind sprints. No one ever did evil things in golf. So I did it differently. And I had success doing it differently. And I think that’s what people sometimes see and have gravitated towards.”
Tip #5: Taylor Swift
“There doesn’t have to be loneliness and being alone. And you can find romance in your life. Even if you aren’t involved in a romance. You know, life can be beautiful and spontaneous and surprising and romantic and magical without you having some love affair happening. And you can replace all of those feelings you used to have when you were enamored with someone with being enamored with your friends and enamored with learning new things and challenging yourself and living your life on your own terms. I never understood it when people would say, oh, you know, in your 20s you just need to be alone. And I just never quite got it because they would never explain to me that it’s so important to define yourself on your own terms. You think about it when you’re in love. That person’s opinion affects your opinion. And everything you do goes through this filter of how would they feel about it because if you’re a caring person and you’re in love, then that’s what you do. But there’s something really wonderful about changing your life if you want to cut your hair short if you want to move to New York if you want to change the directions of your entire creative outlook if you want to and having it only be on your own terms.”
Tip #6: Scarlett Johannson
“It’s interesting because a couple of people actually the past couple of days have mentioned to me that a couple of extremely esteemed directors have been you know really vocal about how movies you know the kind of whole Marvel Universe and is, I guess big kind of blockbuster action movies are really like, you know, using words like despicable and like the death of cinema. And I actually, you know, at first I thought that seems kind of old fashioned somebody sort of had to explain it to me, because it seemed so kind of disappointing and sad in a way and then and then they said, No, I think we know what that what these people are saying is that, you know, in at the actual theater, there’s, there’s not a lot of room for different kinds of movies or smaller movies or independent movies, because the theater is actually just taken up by these huge blockbuster movies, and there’s actually no space for these movies and, you know, made me sort of think about how people have consumed content now and how there’s been this huge sea change and how people were people view what the viewing experience is, and what the maybe original, what we would have called the cinematic experience, how that’s, you know, that’s, that’s definitely changed for people, as everyone’s lifestyle is changing. And people watch, they’re taking in all of this different content in all these different new platforms. And it just is, it’s just a, it’s just, you know, it’s just changing. And I, I think of all the stuff that’s out there that has found a home, in whether it’s through streaming network service, or you know, you know, maybe a different kind of television networks that are happening now, or, you know, there’s all these different ways and people to see stuff. And so all this stuff is getting made that I think would probably have never had a shot before.”
Tip #7: Betty White
“My mother had a wonderful approach to death. She, always thought of it as she said, “We know we have managed to find out almost anything that exists.” But nobody knows. We think we do and some believe they do. We don’t know what happens at that moment when it’s over. And she said it’s the one secret that we don’t know. So whenever we would lose somebody very close and very dear. She’d always say, well, now he knows the secret. And it took the curse off of it somehow. And now she knows the secret. So I have no fear or dread of death. I’m happy as a lark to stale rose but that doesn’t mean I’m saying oh, I’m looking forward to death or oh my god death but when it happens it’s the how not the whim. It’s the whole you just hope it is. I hope I get out of people’s way with as little trouble as possible.”
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