Embrace Your Inner Dumb and Dumber
There has always been something about Jeff Daniels that has intrigued and inspired me. I could watch the scene from the Newsroom where his character reluctantly, yet boldly, describes his viewpoint on America’s current status over and over again.
The latest issue of GQ brings to us an article that can’t be skipped – “A Modest Proposal” from none other than my obsession himself. He proposes methods for attaining success in an attractively vulnerable manner.
Throughout the article, the actor/playwright/guitarist encourages readers to keep chasing their next creation, “There’s something about the process of creating. When you are in the middle of it, you feel most alive.”
He asserts that taking risks will help you to grow, “I got in on Dumb and Dumber because it was risky. I was happy to do it. Why? Risk! And the script was funny.”
It turns out that unrelenting work ethic and old-man swag have been the bricks and mortar of Daniels’s approach to all aspects of life, “Life is competitive. But at the end of the day, it is about the work ethic – the idea that I will always fight for what I want.”
As GQ brings the article to an end, Jeff enforces that the intellectual benefits of aging should not only be appreciated, but also used:
There’s something great about getting older. In anything. You get to bring everything you learned to a particular project. It would be a complete disservice to what you have done with your entire life to hit the delete button on all that experience. If you don’t use all that stuff you’ve learned, you should be put on a porch with a blanket over your legs and everyone should just walk around you. And you should pick out your casket.
If you want to see the Newsroom scene I referred to, check it out here: