Super U Podcast | Surfing Through Life with Amy Poehler
We’re channeling our inner Leslie Knope today! That’s right, today’s 7 super tips guest is Amy Poehler. Poehler is an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director. In today’s episode, you’ll hear Poehler discuss the demon voice, finding your tribe, surfing through life, and managing motherhood and work.
After studying improv at Second City, Poehler co-founded the improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade. In 2001, she joined the cast Saturday Night Live where she became co-anchor of SNL‘s Weekend Update in 2004 until she left the series in 2008 to star as Leslie Knope in the sitcom Parks and Recreation. Poehler won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series in 2014 and a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012. She and Tina Fey won the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for co-hosting SNL. Poehler is also an author. Her book, Yes Please, made her a New York Times Bestselling Author in 2016.
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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Super U Podcast | Surfing Through Life with Amy Poehler
“Just this idea of finding your center of balance, and then realizing that nothing, nothing gold will stay, as they say in the outsiders just that the sooner you realize that everything changes, that the things that happen to you are not you and that everything will be different, all the time that you have such little control over the next wave, then you’ll just kind of stay in the moment, find you know, find your gravity and be open to what’s coming. Rather than you know, just don’t turn your back on the wave. I mean, it’s coming no matter what you can’t hide it if you can’t hide from it. So face the waves. And just, you know, try to try to catch one and ride it and know it will end. And then another one will come.”
“I struggle every day. I think every working mother does I think every person who is trying to balance all those things. And I think the first thing you have to do is just realize you’re just not going to you’re not going to do it right, I guess. Meaning that you just have to try to live, you know, as best you can and do as best you can. I do what I get to work as hard as I get to work because I have people who help me I have childcare providers who helped me take care of my children. I have Dawa, who is a Tibetan woman who helps me take care of my children. And I’ve I have I had Jackie from Trinidad, who helped me raise my baby. And you know, I have help. I’m lucky to have it. I don’t take it for granted. And I appreciate it every day. And some people don’t have that help they have their families who help they have. They work much harder than I do. But I think at the end of the day, you have to just give yourself a break a little bit and just really not pay attention to anybody else’s thoughts, opinions, or advice.”
“Most people are concerned about themselves, they’re in their own heads. And you really don’t need people who don’t know what’s going on in your head. And I know when things are going on in your head, you feel like everybody can hear it. Everybody can sense it and they know but they can’t You can’t and most people are thinking about themselves. So there’s a lot to be said, especially for young women like Tina and I are always talking to young women who and I’m always saying like, you’re ready, you’re ready, just do it. Just do it. Don’t worry, but just Yes, direct that thing, right? That thing, just do it. Because just saying you’re ready, just do it. And don’t worry, you’re ready.”
“I think vulnerability is power. I’m interested in the open-face sandwiches of the world, you know, I’m less drawn to the people that obfuscate and are withholding and kind of tricky for no reason, just not my bag. So I like vulnerable open people. And I think when you’re that way, you’re actually being very brave. And you by beat by presenting the real truth of yourself who you really are, then you change. You change the molecules in the room.”
“I write in my book that you should treat your career like a bad boyfriend. So just your creativity is like a warm Hispanic lady who makes food for you. And she hugs you and she tells you you’re beautiful. That’s creativity. That’s what you should constantly search for us. Like what makes me feel like a beautiful woman is hugging me to her bosom. But a career is like a bad boyfriend, you know, he never calls you back. He flirts with other people in front of you, he’s never gonna marry you. He’s never gonna leave his wife, you know, just, you get over it, you’re never gonna get love from him, you’re never gonna get satisfied. So creativity is what you should always search for and career if it happens, great. But you know, he’s, he will only be interested in you when you ignore him.”
“There’s a point in every young woman’s life where a demon kind of comes in lives in her room and whispers in her ear and the demon sounds a little bit like her, but she’s never heard the voice before. And it just says whatever version it is for you, you know, you’re not pretty enough or you’re too fat or you’re too tall or you’re not, you know, you’re too shy, or you’re too loud, or whatever it is. And our job, our struggle is not so much to get rid of the demon voice because it really does not go away. But to kind of relegate it, live with it. You know, treat it like a pesky relative, and allow it to just come out of Christmas.”
“All I can tell you today is what I’ve learned, what I have discovered as a person in this world, and that is this. You can’t do it alone. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you to spend a lot of time with them. And it will change your life. No one is here today, because they did it on their own.”
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