“Rap is also a huge game of conditioning. Wayne said, “I’m the best rapper alive.” Now, all of a sudden, for two and a half years, he’s the best rapper alive. T.I. says he’s the King Of The South; T.I. is the King Of The South. You can condition listeners if the intent is there in your voice and it’s genuine. When both those statements were made, I felt like those guys were on top of their game and could have picked any title they wanted and they picked what they picked. For me, “Forever” was a moment that we’ll talk about it again in five years when I’ve proven that statement, which I work towards every day.”—Drake
Regardless of what you believe, or how you live your life, I welcome you to watch this series. I’ve been a Christian for most of my life (and Christians have annoyed me for most of my life lol) and this series (now in it’s third week) is helping me see Jesus in a ways I didn’t see before.
“…when I sense myself placing too many pieces of my value in my attractiveness to other people, I remember that God’s love triumphs over any form of flattery and I am thereby no longer basking in my own fleeting glory but God’s permanent glory.”—
lower-income people tend to be “hoarders” and richer people are able to do more “minimalist” living spaces. if u don’t have much, you will hold onto any little thing that comes across your way. you got a new tv, but you still keep the old tv because you know things can break. you keep extra boxes of macaroni and cheese lying around because there will be a week when you don’t have money for groceries. you hold onto your stacks of books and clothes for dear life. those are your assets. physical evidence of where your money’s gone. it’s hard to get rid of it. the bare wall is terrifying when you don’t have much.
“A marriage based not on self-denial but on self-fulfillment will require a low- or no-maintenance partner who meets your needs while making almost no claims on you. Simply put—today people are asking far too much in the marriage partner.”—You Never Marry the Right Person
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—Ira Glass (h/t @ouxu)