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13 Pearls of Wisdom for a Successful Life

What would people advise a hypothetical 22-year-old college graduate to do with his or her life? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.

Answer by Evan Asano, Founder and CEO of Mediakix, a leading influencer marketing company. Twitter: @evanasano, on Quora:

  1. Read. Ferociously. Everything you can get your hands. Join a book club. Imbibe books about personal development, communication, achievement, biographies, leadership, success, marketing, sales, business, entrepreneurship. You’ll do many things you may regret, but you will never ever regret spending time reading. Good sources of reading lists are Quora, blogs (Google 10 best books for …), Amazon (look for recommendations in categories, popular books with high ratings).
  2. Accept uncertainty. This comes from The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams: Deepak Chopra, a must-read for getting started out. There’s uncertainty to everything; the sooner you can embrace that, the sooner you’ll be able to leverage it. “You must give up the life you have planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell
  3. Agree. With everything and everyone. Stop arguing, stop trying to control every scenario, stop trying to prove yourself right. You’ll never change anyone’s opinion through argument, and no one will remember if you’re right. Seek consensus. Groups, teams, and life move much better when harmonized than with discord.
  4. Be curious. There’s a vast, fantastic world out there. Foster your curiosity, and it will lead you to amazing places.
  5. Be open minded. Your opinions will change drastically on many, many things. The opinions you hold with absolute conviction may be very different in a few years. Don’t let those opinions get in the way of meeting people and experiencing things.
  6. Learn from adversity. You’ll experience challenges and adversity you can’t imagine right now. You’ll have a choice when you have these experiences, either see it as an obstacle or focus on what you can learn and how you can grow from the experience. It won’t be easy, but choose the later relentlessly, and you’ll grow in ways you can never imagine.
  7. Foster the growth mindset. Watch this: The power of belief — mindset and success
  8. Get out of your comfort zone. It sounds cliched, but it’s true. If you stay within your limits, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.
  9. Don’t hold onto the wrong things. Grudges, anger, opinions. Let them go, quickly.
  10. Travel. Get out and explore. Another thing you will never ever regret. Go to places you’d never think you’d go. Max out your vacation time every year. Take a few weeks off between jobs and travel. Save up for a year and take a few months off.
  11. Don’t wait for the right time or the right thing to say. For anything. Most of the time if you wait for the right time, you’ll be too late. Those who win in the world are the ones who speak up and take immediate action. You might say a few things you later regret, but you’ll regret not saying anything more.
  12. Don’t look for the perfect scenarios, partner, or job. Everyone sees success and wonders how Jobs and Wozniak found each other, the perfect partners. Well, it wasn’t the one-in-a-billion odds that they found each other; they made each other the perfect partners, pushed each other’s knowledge and expertise, and built Apple on their collective knowledge and energy. The vision of your career might include a high profile company or opportunity (e.g. work at Google, live in San Francisco), but don’t get hung up on these. Focus on the motivation behind that scenario rather than that goal.
  13. Provide value in the world. Money and success are common goals, but so many people often don’t achieve these in spite of there being a nearly universal goal. Money and success are important, but focus on creating value in the world first. The biggest disrupters didn’t do it because it would lead to money or fame. They did it because they wanted to change things. They saw a different future and created that. Look at Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg built a tool for Harvard students originally. It now has over 1.4 billion users! Wake up and think about what you can do to create value in the world to your friends and family, your company, your coworkers, your country.

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Wheelchair Wisdom: To Thine Own Self Be True

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation,
it would be the ability for each individual to laugh at himself.
— Charles M. Schultz

Socrates said, “Know thyself.” In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius cautions, “To thine own self be true.” But what self are we getting to know? To what self should we be true? Where is the self located anyway? On second thought, which self is reading these words?

These questions pondered by playwrights, philosophers, and other serious thinkers–if answers could be worked out through mathematical calculations, mathematicians and scientists would be the most enlightened people on planet. But the self continues to elude the greatest thinkers of our age.

What I know is, there seem to be two voices.

The first voice–the false self–judges and criticizes: “I’m not good/rich/thin/smart enough,” or “Now that I’m in a wheelchair, I have to prove myself,” or “I am now unlovable.”

Our humanity comprises only a small part of the rich experience available to us as total beings. As human beings, we all put a great deal of effort into trying to be who we think we are supposed to be; this is the false self.

The false self is also called the personality or ego. Some aspects of it are inherited; others are developed through experimentation with families, friends, and the culture we live in–our education and our religious upbringing. Though aspects of the personality may change over a lifetime, the false self tends to become frozen and rigid, full of regret and resentment over missed opportunities.

The need to control is probably the most prominent characteristic of the false self.

It is from here that many characteristics spring, because the need to control often runs our lives. This is ironic, considering that we have so little control over reality and what happens in the world around us.

The need to control inevitably leads to frustration and disappointment.

The false self’s characteristic need to control sends it on a search for power from external sources. We have to seek outside ourselves for something that makes us feel good.

We are constantly looking for that event, that nod of approval, that recognition that will make us feel more secure. This constant search for approval is evidence of the false self’s insatiable need for recognition by any means, even negative ones.

Even when the false self is able to break out of a rut, it usually jumps into another one. A new marriage may repeat the patterns that doomed the previous ones. Giving up smoking often leads to overeating.

WHAT ARE SOME ASPECTS OF THE FALSE SELF?

  • • Needs to be right, make others wrong
  • • Needs to control and dominate; runs life
  • • Searches for power from external sources
  • • Seeks outside ourselves for something that makes us feel good
  • • Has an insatiable need for approval and constant recognition
  • • Has a tendency to judge self/others, makes irrational comparisons
  • • Is full of regret, disappointment and resentment over missed opportunities
  • • Tends to become frozen and rigid

WHAT ARE SOME NEGATIVE BELIEFS/FEELINGS OF THE FALSE SELF?

  • Being in a wheelchair, I am powerless, helpless and invisible
  • • I can’t do it myself
  • • I’m all alone
  • • I have lost my sensuality
  • • Others do not want the burden of being my friend

As stated earlier, the false self functions in the realm of personality and the ego. In this realm, we identify with what we look like, what we do for a living, how much money we have. The false self is like a spoiled, jealous child–always wanting to be number one.

It wants you to believe that you are your body.

Contrary to what your false self will let you believe, you are perfect the way you are. Rather than feeling inadequate when you see that someone else has more worldly or physical success than you, ask yourself why you can’t accept yourself the way you are.

Ask yourself what would happen if you shifted your perspective? Instead of seeing yourself as a stressed out human being grasping for enlightenment, for some kind of spiritual experience, think of yourself–as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin so eloquently put it–“as a spiritual being having a human experience.”

Is there a way out? Yes, but not through the false self. When we live in the false self, our lives are narrow, confined, and repetitious. Another notable characteristic of the false self is its tendency to judge. Judging others feels good in the short term, at least. It gives us a momentary sense of superiority and strength over those we are judging.

We also use judgment to put ourselves down. We may spend an unnecessary amount of time comparing ourselves to others, and when we find that they have things we don’t have, we beat ourselves up. We may tell ourselves we need to improve, which sounds very well intentioned, but is really a subtle form of self-judgment.

The true self–the second voice–is our true guide, supporting and acknowledging: “I am healthy, resilient, intuitive and courageous.” The true self affirms our true essence, which is love.

PRACTICE:

Things to act upon and questions to ponder:

• How do you hold yourself back?
• Recall a time when you have done this.
• What beliefs and thoughts are you holding that limit you?
• What mistake are you afraid of making?
• What mistake have you made that you have not let go of?
• When you hold yourself back, in which part of your body do you feel tightness or imbalance?
• What needs to be loved right now?
• Place your hand over your heart and feel the loving going in and through your body.
• Forgive yourself for any judgments you are holding against yourself.
• Describe how you’re feeling inside.
• What have you learned?

Celebrate your True Self,

Much Love,
Linda

Linda Noble Topf is a bestselling author, and a motivational speaker
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The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom

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It’s amazing how much my mom did on my behalf. As a seventeen-year-old single mom with relatively little support and all the chips stacked against her, she was able to provide an incredible amount of support for me. Her lessons enriched my spirit, my emotions, and my relationship with God.”When Lisa, a seventeen-year-old from Queens, New York, found out she was pregnant, she knew she only had one choice-to keep the child and give him the best life she could. That baby was Terrence Jenkins, better known to the world as Terrence J. From hosting gigs on BET’s 106 and Park and E! News to roles in some of Hollywood’s biggest movies, Terrence J is living a life he could have only imagined when he was a young boy. But it was the lessons he learned from his mother that helped make him a man-lessons about sacrifice, courage, loyalty, dreams, and perseverance. Through her words and her actions, Lisa showed Terrence the right path. From an early age Terrence’s mother pushed him to succeed and led by example. Most important, she put her son first-even if it meant leaving behind the only life she had ever known in New York City in search of a safer environment for her son, having the drive to go back to school to learn a new skill, or having the courage to start her own business and build it from the ground up. Her drive eventually became Terrence’s drive. Inspirational, funny, current, and down-to-earth, The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom offers advice for a new generation. With stories, lessons, and advice from one of the top young names in Hollywood, along with input from some of his famous friends like Kevin Hart, Ludacris, T.I, Trey Songz, and Laz Alonso, Terrence J offers a positive, powerful message: with a strong family bond, the possibilities are endless.

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Wedding Day Wisdom… From a Single Mom

Last fall, my daughter and her fiancé asked me to officiate at their wedding happening this weekend. I was speechless. My first thought was, “Marriage is serious business— will they take their vows seriously if I’m the one presiding?” Followed by, “How will my Catholic family handle this one?”

Then I flashed back to all the turmoil I went through when my two daughters were little, worrying that if I divorced I’d ruin their lives forever, especially their chances at a happy marriage. Fortunately, my next thought was, “I guess things turned out better than OK, because this is quite an honor … and I doubt it would have happened had I not raised her as a single mom.”

It also reaffirmed to me that a divorce is not the end of the world. Yes, our family life has not been as I’d imagined it, and my daughters and I have struggled. But we’ve also learned to adapt (sometimes begrudgingly) and to realize change can stretch us in good ways we never imagined.

I grew up innocently believing (thank you, happily-ever-after fairytale endings) that once I became an adult my life would settle into a nice routine and go on as calmly as it appeared to be doing for most of the adults around me. My daughters, however, grew up knowing that life delivers unexpected bumps that can turn one’s world upside down. Hopefully, they’ve also learned bumps can catapult us into new ways and gifts.

When my oldest started dating in high school, I remember her lamenting,”It’s not fair that I’ve had no role model of how to be in a relationship because you and dad broke up when I was little. All my friends have parents who stayed together and so they know how to be in a relationship. It’s so unfair.”

Somehow, I managed the comeback, “Actually, you’re lucky. You get to create your own way to be a couple and you aren’t stuck unknowingly repeating what we did.” Stunned, she went off to her room — a real coup for any mom of a teenager.

Back to the wedding, which is now only days away. Taking my minister role seriously, I’ve been immersed in all kinds of readings about love and marriage. And of course, Pinterest’s Wedding Boards full of DIY projects that have taken over our lives.

I’ve discovered that centuries ago, June became the most popular month for weddings — thanks to the “annual bath”, a once-a-year communal event (really, people back then only bathed once a year) happened, leading couples to marry soon afterwards because they looked, and smelled, their best. Flowers came to be a big deal– to mask body odor. And bridesmaids? Dressed identically to the bride, they were actually decoys to confuse greedy folks wanting to kidnap a wealthy bride for her dowry. The best man, and bridesmaids, also had the job of getting the bride to the church on time and fending off unsavory and hostile family members.

However, what’s amazed me most as I scour the web is how, despite the fact many marriages end in divorce, the fairytale aspect is still alive and well. It’s now popular for brides and grooms to pose holding rustic signs reading “Happily-Ever-After” and “Mr. & Mrs.” — not “Ms.” as in my day. Women plan their weddings on Pinterest, before they are even engaged. A friend’s daughter recently told me she was worried about her brother’s choice of fiancé saying, “Shouldn’t it have been a red flag, to him, that his girlfriend had a Wedding Board … before they even met?”

I’m still searching for pearls of wisdom to share with my daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law on their wedding day. Knowing the pain of losing the dream, I want to protect them both from a similar fate, while I honor their joy. Its a tricky line to walk, because I want them to realize what they are getting into, but I don’t want to burst their romantic bubble.

So far, the best I can do is tell them love is a choice you make every day and it’s the annoying little things, which build up over time, that chip away at your love and marital bond. (See “Falling Out of Love”) If you can keep the lines of communication open (listen, listen, listen) you give each other a shot at building a loving relationship. Otherwise, you could fail each other without even understanding why — and that’s one of the big, painful questions I see the men and women I work with struggle through, when it’s too late.

And, I want to thank them both for trusting me, a divorced single mom, to conduct their ceremony and rite of passage into married life. It’s an honor that’s softened the blow of my own difficult divorce and it lets me know things have turned out OK.

If you have wisdom to share, please send it along to me. And I’ll pass it on to others…

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Archer Creator Adam Reed Imparts Professional Wisdom, Notes New Series Cassius & Clay

Writer-creator Adam Reed is a busy guy with a hit animated series (Archer) and another one on the way (Cassius & Clay) — plus he’s flying up to Canada this week for the Banff World Media Festival — so we jump right into it.

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I see that you’ll be hosting a master class at Banff — what can you tease about that, without being too spoiler-y?

I don’t know, actually. I’m mortified that it’s called that! [laughs] Well, not that it’s called that, but that they would, you know, have me teaching or doing something called a ‘master class.’ I’m quite nervous! I can tease that!

Okay, well at least everyone will know what sort of tenor the meeting will have.

Yeah: awkward and stammering!

Great! Everyone’ll know what to expect.

Yeah, but they’re probably mostly Canadians, so they’re going to be really polite about it.

Yeah, they’ll kind of look the other way. Obviously you’re going to be talking about the development of Archer, to some extent — probably to a great extent.

I would think so.

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Can we go back to the beginning of that? Because I’m not totally sure what the genesis was, where you said, ‘Okay, I want to do this kind of crazy spy-adventure thing, with this sort of anachronistic time line, and all the rest.’ What germinated to make that happen?

My partner Matt Thompson and I had a cartoon on Adult Swim called Frisky Dingo, and it had been sort of ‘canceled by mutual agreement,’ I guess. Although I say it was ‘mutual,’ they might’ve just said that to make us feel better. But after that show was canceled, I took a year off and traveled: I walked across Spain, and I was in North Africa — and I was sort of bedraggled-looking most of the time. But I was sitting in really nice cafés in Europe, and just filling up notebooks with show ideas. I kept coming back to thinking about James Bond, and all the cool places in Europe he went, and all the fancy parties that he went to — that I wouldn’t be invited to, because I had a backpack and a scraggly beard. So I just started thinking more and more about James Bond.

Years ago, somebody gave me a set of all the James Bond paperbacks, like, from the ’50s. And I read a couple of them, and in the books James Bond is really quite a bastard. And also a rapist. So I was trying to think how to make a secret agent as big a bastard as possible, that you would still like and root for. And obviously not have him be a rapist like James Bond. From that sprang Archer.

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James Bond lost the funny — so Archer picked it up!

Okay. Well, continuing that tangent just briefly, do you have a favorite Ian Fleming book, or a favorite James Bond in the movies?

In the movies, I’m a Connery man, although I really like the Daniel Craig reboot. I’m less of a fan of the sort of tongue-in-cheek Roger Moore era — although I think the new ones could stand to have just a slightly lighter tone sometimes. They can be pretty grim, recently. But I think Craig’s a fantastic Bond.

Yeah, like when the train goes kerblooey, and Bond readjusts his cuff-links, I was like, ‘Okay, now you’re back on the right track.’

Yeah, exactly. Exactly. I like those little touches.

Do you consciously bring any of that — or James Coburn’s ‘Flint’ movies — or that era into your discussions, when you’re creating the episodes?

Not so much anymore, but certainly early on. Flint was a big influence, as was Matt Helm, and OSS 117 — everything, basically. We put it all in a pot, and stole all of our favorite things from a lot of different sources.

Do you ever have to modify stuff, so it’s more comprehensible in the modern day? Or do you just go with it being amusingly anachronistic?

It’s sort of whatever serves us best, and we’re — I think — unfair, and break several rules about it. But when it serves the comedy to have it be more ’60s- or ’70s-based technology, or whatever, we use that. But when it serves us to have the Internet or cell phones, we use that. Cell phones make it much easier than having people have to go to a phone booth. Text messaging is a really economical way to forward the story, and not wait for the mail to get delivered.

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Even in animation, they remove the rear-view mirror.

Right. Well, going back to the origins of your animation work, apparently you and your partner were doing ‘odd jobs.’ Like, what kind of ‘odd jobs’ do you do, when you’re getting ready to create series?

Odd jobs? I’m not sure what —

Like at Cartoon Network. In part of your bio, I’m just wondering: What are the ‘odd jobs’ at Cartoon Network? That’s kind of a cool thing.

Oh, at Cartoon Network! We were in charge of the tape library, and then we started doing interstitial programming for little kids, like ages two to five — that were little hand puppets with googly eyes. We did that for a couple of years. We did a live-action morning show with Carrot Top for a year. It was a real mixed bag.

Are there certain protocols for working with Carrot Top?

[Adam laughs heartily.]

There — uh — yeah — although I don’t know if ‘protocols’ is the right word. It was (Adam gives this considerable thought) an interesting experience — I’ll put it that way. He’s an extremely nice guy, but the production was a bit of a mess.

I see you’ve got Cassius & Clay in development, and that’s a brand new headline. What can you say about it?

It’s sort of a Butch and Sundance meets Mad Max meets Thelma ane Louise meets Lucy and Ethel [laughs]. It’s set in the post-apocalyptic mountains of North Carolina, where cannibals are roaming the countryside in souped-up diesel vehicles — and the non-cannibal people —

(We call ourselves ‘vegetarians,’ I want to interject. But I don’t.)

— have retreated to the walled cities of former NASCAR racetracks, and these two women — Cassius and Clay — make their living as scavengers slash bandits slash gamblers slash screw-ups. We’re working on the pilot right now, we have an amazing cast, and we’re very excited about it. Megan Ganz [Community, Modern Family] — an extremely talented writer — wrote the pilot with me. We’re seeing good things.

Cool. Does it present challenges that you haven’t met before? Or are there some things that you’ve learned along the way that are going to make this production easier?

Hopefully we will learn from our — [laughs] — our catalogue of mistakes, and learning bumps along the way. There are always ways to improve the production, but that’s on the technical side — and I don’t understand how our animators do what they do — I just know they make it look beautiful. And on the writing side, that end of things, basically we write as funny a script as we can, and use that as — I think Harold Ramis said the script is always the worst case scenario. And then turn it over to our wonderful voice cast [which includes Kaitlin Olson, Susan Sarandon, and J.B. Smoove], and let them make it much better.

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Caption contest?

Okay, this master class thing, I’m a little stuck on this. What if you get the question: ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ (I’m not sure whether or not Adam infers that I left that preposition dangling ironically — but hey, young journalists: Take risks!)

Sometimes it’s the news, sometimes it’s old movies, sometimes it’s an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. Sometimes they just come while you’re tinkering on a motorcycle, or falling asleep — they actually come quite often, falling asleep. And I keep meaning to have a note pad on the bedside table, but I always forget. So there could be some real gems that I’ve just forgotten to write down.

(I praise the current state of recording gadgetry — come on, man! you make a spy show! — and Adam concurs.)

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Adam will be there to answer your questions!

Okay, and the other question that always gets asked at panels: ‘What advice do you have for young creative people who are just starting out?’

You know, I would say: Make whatever your idea is. Go ahead and do it as cheaply as possible. And put it on YouTube — it has really changed the game. They used to say you have to move to Los Angeles, and get a Los Angeles phone number and an agent, and blah-blah-blah. But I really think those days are behind us, and now there are people at networks whose whole job is just to scour YouTube for up and coming talent. And we’ve had animators leave us to go on to bigger and better things because they did a short animated piece, and put it on YouTube, and ended up with millions of hits — and then the next thing you know, the agents are beating down their door. It’s amazing: more people than those watching Archer will watch, whatever, a cat falling down the stairs.

(I cite our society’s collapse into the intellectual cold war of LOLCats. Then I am strangely inspired to ask Mr. Reed his feelings on the contrast between YouTube and Vimeo — which not unreasonably inspires a puzzled chuckle, so we wrap up.)

Since you know so much about feature films, do you want to expand into that area at some point?

I would love to! The trick is to get somebody to let me do that. Or to trick some studio into paying me to write a movie for them.

Solidarity, brother.

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What Does it Take to Make a Movie? Wisdom from Effie Gray Producer Donald Rosenfeld

When he was just a boy, one of the first movies that really stood out for Donald Rosenfeld was the epic World War II film, Bridge on the River Kwai. “My parents first took me to the Cinerama at age five in St. Louis where I grew up, probably because there was no babysitter available that night,” he recalls. In fact, many images from the film continue to stay with him. And the movie’s essential concepts came to represent the nature of producing films. “You have to build this thing and yet remain conscious that you’re also in the world. Because you can lose your life, (or your movie),” Rosenfeld explains. “You need to have a foot in the mad quixotic void of making a movie, but also be able to remain a centered human being. And I think that’s often forgotten in Hollywood today.”

He was also enchanted by the Robert Aldrich classic The Longest Yard which starred Burt Reynolds. “It’s set in a prison and about a football game. It showed me that you could make a movie about something impossible, which no one would ever do based on potential commerce alone,” says Rosenfeld.

Yet, somehow the film lives somewhere between total tragedy and comedy, and survives. And a magnificent movie was created breaking all the rules. If you create movies based on Instinct and passion rather than demographics and marketing concerns, you have a chance at greatness.

Since the the 1980s, Rosenfeld has been producing great movies like Howards End, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Remains of the Day, Surviving Picasso, Tree of Life and Jodorowsky’s Dune. Rosenfeld was the President of the esteemed film company Merchant Ivory Productions for more than a decade.

And just last month, he debuted the film Effie Gray starring a stellar cast of actors including Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, Derek Jacobi, Robbie Coltrane, David Suchet and Claudia Cardinale. In Emma Thompson’s original screenplay, based on a true story, a teenage Effie Gray, and adult art critic John Ruskin are in a loveless unconsummated marriage during the Victorian era when divorce was not an option. “It’s a very modern story that seemed alive,” says Rosenfeld. “There’s just so much about marriage, about discontent.”

While many are intrigued about movie making, most don’t really know the nuts and bolts — what it actually takes to get a film to the screen. Rosenfeld shared the nitty gritty of what producing a film involves.

Hire a great diva-free actress like Dakota Fanning to star in your film.

Every day, she’s grateful for all. She’s like Paul Newman who I worked with on Mr. and Mrs. Bridge. They embrace the luck of their life as opposed to resting on their laurels. They’re really out working. They’re out trying things. She’s like a great Hollywood star from the Garbo era.

Also, Dakota knew everybody’s name from the smallest crew member to the most elevated. She was as interested in talking to Emma Thompson as she was our Key Grip and Electrics. She’s a real person and that’s not that often the case, especially with people who have grown up in this business.

It can go either way. But she was completely engaged. One day she was sweeping the streets with me when we had to rush and get a set ready. She was always saying, ‘What can I do? Put me to work.’

When making a movie, expect the unexpected and carry on.

Movies are full of tremendous disasters — natural and otherwise. On the Ballad of the Sad Café a tornado literally brought down our western town set. We had rented Willie Nelson’s property and the set just disappeared!

We rebuilt it all and then 45 days later continued shooting. But then the IRS came and locked up the whole set because Willie had some tax issues — we weren’t allowed access to our new set. We eventually enlisted Senator Moynihan to come and fight for us against the Revenue Service foreclosure, and we were able to finish the movie.

That movie was just fraught with problems. But you solve them. And sometimes those problems lead to a better movie. So many times people say, ‘It’s raining: we cannot shoot today.’ But rain in general looks beautiful on film.

I say, ‘So we’ll shoot something. Let’s make something out of it.’ And some of those shots become the most beautiful shots in the movie. Whatever befalls you, you have to continue shooting your movie — especially on location with a tight budget.

Always keep your cast and crew happy.

Every day is different and kind of a performance. You are taking care of 150 to 200 people. And you have to be resilient and open to that actual day. It really is exciting. You have to keep people inspired and entertained and keep morale up.

You have to figure out a way to do it every day. When I was down in Texas and we had a terrible tornado, we had Vanessa Redgrave, Rod Steiger starring in the film. We had Walter Lassally on camera, who had shot Tom Jones and invented something called Day for Night which allows you to shoot in the day but it’s night.

We had Willie Nelson there because it was his ranch and we had Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

I called Zakir Hussain who’s a great tabla player who had done film scores for us. He’s now become a kind of a rock star with the Grateful Dead: I said, ‘You’re coming down here.’ He said, ‘What do you mean?’

I said, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I’m in San Anselmo, California. I’m not going anywhere.’ I said ‘you’re coming here.’ So, he finally came and he did an Indian Rag, playing all night. Willie eventually joined. Waylon Joined and Kris Kristofferson, who was visiting Vanessa Redgrave, In the end we had a concert and crew and cast party that went on forever.

We brought in wagons of beer and barbecue. I have to say for the next six weeks, my crew was pretty happy. And these were 115 degree days with rattle snakes everywhere. Willie and his family were amazing. They took such good care of us.

The film producer is responsible for everything.

It’s as if the director is the errant son and the producer is the father. The only directors I know who are kings are their own producers — people like Steven Spielberg or Francis Ford Coppola who are also producers.

That’s when a director starts to really run the show. On my movies I choose who works with the director, whether it’s the art director, the costumer, composer or the actors. I’m the final word. I certainly permit my director to come and be part of it and I’ll listen to him.

But I have final cut of the movie. I finance them independently: So I make my movies with the huge collaboration of 200 people!

But the bottom line is we make them very cheaply but beautifully, so the money’s on screen. I have a producing partner, Andreas Roald, who’s a former Norwegian television star turned producer. And he’s been an incredible complement to what I do and an all-around good guy. He and myself really decide everything.

A good attitude will get you far.

Producers watch everything. I watch all the footage. I can tell people, we really blew it or we have to do more. In so many cases you’re far off and away, so you’ve got to find a way to make things work and you do.

Sometimes I’ll fly out, look at footage and fly back four hours later. A movie is something that you experience. It’s not perfect. If it were, it would be ugly. The beauty of movies is that something great can come out of near disaster, something beautiful that comes out of even mistakes.

Sometimes I’ll jump in and be in a scene because we’ve lost an actor. I can be the back of their head. Whatever it takes you do it. You do what you need to do. But most of all you’re thinking about tomorrow.

You’re thinking things are going this way today. How are we going to get tomorrow to be even better? How can I make that happen? How can I make it work? And you do it. And it’s always a challenge, but a happy challenge because you’re making your movie. How many people get to do that?

Being a film producer is like being the captain of a ship.

Almost every shooting day, you’re the captain. But you also have to go down with the ship. i am blamed for everything. Everyone has demands and needs and often excuses, And the reality is you have to stick by the movie and be the one who’s smiling.

One thing (producer) Ismail Merchant showed me from the beginning is no matter what happens, you’ve got to get it done. But you also have to do it with some level of kindness and charm because we’re making these movies from our hearts.

Find material that you love and feel passionate about.

I loved Effie Gray. Until this point, you’ve never seen a Victorian movie about people like us, They’re always about the kings and queens and Victoria and her lovers or young Albert.

I just couldn’t find a Victorian movie that wasn’t based on a novel, that was real – that actually dealt with non-aristocratic, non-royal people. Where we could get some sense that this fascinating era is the beginning of the modern age. I thought you can only do it through people who aren’t hidden in the history with all the regalia.

Effie Gray had been taken out of an idyllic, agrarian life up in Scotland. She’s brought down to London and she thinks the city’s going to offer great wonders. She really got into this hopeless arranged marriage.

Emma had been reading Parallel Lives:Five Victorian Marriages by Phyllis Rose. I knew the book and the stories. And I really wanted to do something original with an original script.

There’s just so much about hope filled marriage, met with sadness and discontent. It’s a very modern story and seemed alive. I thought let’s go make this.

Donald Rosenfeld

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We need to discuss the nature of wisdom more than we do. Without a workable definition of wisdom, how do know we’re not fools? Without this knowledge, how can we stand on any conviction? At this particularly-difficult time when our country seems fractured down the middle, how can we not focus on the nature of wisdom?

With these thoughts in mind, I recently attended a lecture on wisdom. Unfortunately, the talk seemed long on words and short on substance. Recognizing my own limitations as a possible source of the problem, I tried to ask a few questions after the talk. I got no real answers before the speaker bolted. The question that sent him running was whether children and animals could be wise. I’ll come back to that question in a moment.

As I left the lecture disappointed, I wondered whether the speaker had merely aired some requisite number of words for the speak-or-perish world of academia. I also wondered whether his possible lack of real-world experience limited his ability to speak about real-world wisdom. As I pondered these things, it eventually occurred to me that his speech and flight might prove instructive after all. I could use counterexamples of wisdom from these events to back my way into a possible definition of wisdom.

Taking this approach, it seemed clear to me that a wise person does not dodge questions about wisdom, that she faces head on those and other obstacles in her quest to live a good and proper life, that she does not speak simply to speak, and that she does not speak authoritatively about things beyond her present abilities. These attributes of a wise person then seemed to me consistent with the following working definition of “wisdom”: wisdom is the art of grasping and taking the journey most appropriate to one’s station in life. Six implications of this definition then seemed (and seem) particularly important to me:

First, the wise person recognizes that life is a journey. As Cavafy sings in his Ithaca, the wise person savors the journey and does not miss life by focusing solely on the destination. I wish I had learned this lesson much earlier in life. The wise person also sees others in a similar light. He sees them in light of their over-all journeys, not merely in light of how their journeys go wrong from time to time or how they end. I hope this brings tolerance and respect for others.

Second, the wise person does not run from questions or other potential obstacles. He faces them head on and embraces their learning opportunities even when discomfort is involved. He understands along with Leonard Cohen that “Hallelujah” does indeed apply to times both good and bad.

Third, the wise person understands why we run from questions that we might not be able to answer, and why we wrongly avoid other obstacles or risks that we should face. Our default emotions have evolved to lament loss more than to celebrate gain. As Daniel Kahneman points out in his wonderful book Thinking Fast and Slow, we have evolved to avoid loss even at the cost of gain. This originally made good sense in the wild where risk of loss more often involved risk of losing life or limb. This makes much less sense in the modern world. Losing a debate over the nature of wisdom hardly equates to losing a leg. In fact, fear of loss in such a case results in loss of something precious–possibly understanding the nature of wisdom. Understanding this primitive loss response can turn one’s life around–I also wish I had learned this lesson much earlier in life. (To put the point in more perspective, Kahneman believes our default response accords losses twice the weight of gains. Since losing a dollar has twice the emotional weight of making a dollar, we unnecessarily compound suffering and foolishly avoid sensible risk.)

Fourth, the wise person has a workable method to determine his appropriate journey. Nietzsche’s advice seems a good place to begin when constructing such a method. Ask yourself “[w]hat have you up to now truly loved, what attracted your soul, what dominated it while simultaneously making it happy?” Examine these things in search of “the fundamental law of your authentic self.” Then follow Nietzsche’s additional advice: imagine an eternal return where you will have to take your same journey over and over again for eternity. Which journey would you have that be?

Fifth, the wise person has a workable method to determine whether he stays on his journey’s course. This involves careful attention to experience, detail, and the willingness to accept criticism and advice from others. When experience does not play out as expected, the wise person without hesitation or loss of esteem adjusts his beliefs to avoid the disconnect. The wise person embraces with William James the “. . . open air and possibilities of nature, as against dogma, artificiality, and the pretense of finality in truth.”

Finally, children and animals can of course be wise. The four-year-old child and her puppy who play in the yard and discover the flowers and birds both intuitively grasp and take the journeys appropriate to their early stages in life. Furthermore, as Walt Whitman notes, animals are not “demented with the mania of owning things,” they don’t kneel to one another or to others long dead, and they do not lie awake at night and “weep for their sins.” Who can doubt that’s wisdom?
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Zelda Rules on Love: A Zelda Wisdom Book

Zelda Rules on Love: A Zelda Wisdom Book


Ask anyone "What defines unconditional love?" and nine out of 10 people will say, "My dog." So who could say it better than Zelda, a 60-pound bulldog? Eminently photographic and wisely wacky, Zelda delivers her advice to the lovelorn with prescriptions for romantic success in this delightful book, "Zelda Rules on Love." This hilarious book features the "adore-a-bull" bulldog in a new collection of photographs, combined with her humorous take on the world of love. Zelda dressed in a red sweater with a red rose in her mouth says, "To be loved . . . be love-a-bull." Zelda in designer attire surrounded by chic shopping bags and credit cards advises, "When love fails, go shopping. . . . You can always return what you don’t want." In a chapter entitled Memor-a-bull Friends and Lovers, Zelda teams up with her best friend, Baby, to portray all the favorites, including Laurel and Hardy, Zelda and Louise, Tonto and the Lone Ranger, Anthony and Cleopatra, and many more. All in all, Zelda knows where it’s at when it comes to love.
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