“Hello. Its louis here. I’m clacking this to you on my phone in my dressing room here at studio 8H, right in 30 rockefeller center, in Manhattan, new york city, new york, america, world, current snapshot of all existence everywhere…”
— Louis CK
I have a career-y thing and I work.
work life lessons from Louis C.K.
my favorite excerpts from this interview:
I don’t like when I’m prevented from doing things the way I think they should be done.
I like to give people a little more than they want, and I like to ask people for a little less than they’re willing to give.
They came all over my face with dollars. And I’d never had anyone come on my face at all, so it was a new experience.
And then again I talked to my mom, who’s a great confidant for me, and I told her, “I’m thinking of giving a shitload of this money away.” And she similarly said, “Do it. You’ll never miss it. In a million years you won’t miss the money. Just let it go out into the world and work. It’s better than it being in your bank account.” And that’s how I feel about money. Money is a resource. It’s an energy that you can inject into things, and it makes stuff happen. This money was like an intention that was pushed toward me, and I thought, “If I keep pushing it around, this is good. This makes me happy.”
So some of it that’s not just practical is that I will try to do stuff that can be a little scary but feels right to me, even if it’s harder.
When you meet somebody and you really care for them, and you’re really exhilarated and dizzy with the newness of knowing them, and everything’s great, and then they ask you for money and your smile just fades.
When you really become a professional at this stuff, what’s important is how well you can do when you’re not inspired. If that’s still workable, then you have a career.
I just love learning. I think learning is how you live. The verb of my life is learning.