In her first race, she came in second. I’m proud of her.
It’sbecauseI went to college that I am against it. I try not to have a cognitive bias just because I did something.
But this isn’t about the merits of college.
How many kids from the NY-PA-CT-NJ states apply to college? How many of those kids have sufficient grades, sufficient SATs, after-school activities, some sports, and decent essay writing schools?
All of them.
“But,” one might say, “what if one has an A average and the other has a B+? What if one has 1400 on her SATs and the other has 1300?”
BIG DEAL. Nobody can tell the difference. Even if it’s right there in the numbers. Because when you throw in random after-school activities (this one played basketball, this one worked at a charity, this one wrote a decent essay about her trip to Iraq), NOBODY CARES.
Andy Warhol was a great artist. I’m not talking about his坎贝尔的汤罐或者玛丽莲浸渍。Before that. When he actually drew pictures.
Bob Ross paintings look as good to me as Normal Rockwell or Hopper or any other realists. In fact, please tell me who you think is better. Normal Rockwell or Bob Ross. I honestly can’t tell.
安迪沃霍尔需要“唯一的”成为着名艺术家。不只是更好的。My daughter, Lily, needed to be “the only” to get into college.
但我是“唯一的”。Turns out the group I was applying for was very competitive with another group in chess every afternoon. I got the job.
I suggested to Lily five different things she could do to be “the only.” I wanted her to be aware of the choices so she would do something she loved.
If you don’t do something you love — but just to get into school or be famous or make money — then you screwed up.
Anything worth getting good at is very hard and very unpleasant.
When I was 18 if i even lost one chess game I would cry. One time I was losing a game and rather than hold out my hand and congratulate the winner gracefully, I swept my arm over the board, knocking all the pieces onto the ground.
So she was “the only.” There were no other people in her class her age.
It wasn’t even his idea. A friend of his, Muriel Latow, suggested almost half-jokingly that he paint坎贝尔的汤罐。She wasn’t an artist. She was an interior designer. And she liked soup.
Warhol loved the idea. He asked her if he could pay her for the idea so that it would be officially his. He gave her $50. Which in today’s money would be about $300.
Was the iPhone a better phone? Some say yes, some say no. But it was the only phone that had every song ever written on it.
Was McDonald’s the best restaurant? Almost definitely not. But it was the only restaurant chain in the 1950s where, no matter which one you went to and no matter where it was, the food tasted the same and the restaurant was clean. It was the only chain that had those features at that time.
Is my daughter the best student? I have no clue. But she’s definitely in the category of “only.” Particularly if she keeps pursuing race car driving. That’s where the love part comes in.
Think about where you can be “the only.” I promise it will change your life, save your life, ruin your life, and transcend your life.
然后我被要求在学校的象棋team. I barely knew how to play. I took a book with me on the way to a match our school was playing. I was the fifth board, the bottom board, because I barely knew the rules.
I remember the book,How to Think Ahead in Chessby Fred Reinfeld, and it recommended playing the Stonewall Attack. I memorized it on the way over there, played the Stonewall. And won. My teammates were happy and I was happy people liked me. I was hooked.
Marcel Duchamp was one of the most original artists of the early 1900s. But when he was 31 years old he quit art, left NY and moved to Buenos Aires and basically spent the rest of his life playing chess. It’s addictive and he was an addict.
他不能停止。人请求他回到his art. But he said, “I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art — and much more.”
But for a long time, it helped me. I hope, in my own way, I’m still “the only.” But now I think I’m just an addict.Share This Post