Not every celebrity can be our BFF. Some of our most successful icons dished up some harsh talk. But, taking their words as tough love might just make your life better.
The Mean Thing She Said: “On the whole, people who say demeaning things about our world (fashion), I think it’s because they feel in some way excluded, or not part of the ‘cool group.'”
The Lesson to Take From It: Next time you bash something, consider this: Are you just upset because it’s part of world you don’t have access to? If that’s the case, do youwant access? Channel your jealousy into a more productive effort–improve your craft.
The Mean Thing He Said: “You have to do stuff average people don’t understand because those are the only good things.”
The Lesson to Take From It: You can take Warhol’s words as an insult to philistines everywhere, or you could apply them to your own work. Instead of trying to do something just like everyone else is doing, break the mold, think outside the box, don’t use two clichés in a row.
The Mean Thing He Wrote: “Everybody has to feel superior to somebody,” he wrote for his famous Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “But it’s customary to present a little proof before you take the privilege.”
The Lesson to Take From It: If you’re going to act all high and mighty, well, it’s best to actually be all high and mighty. Before you knock your friend’s favorite band, make fun of how much your sister loves kale, or declare yourself the greatest chef you know, make sure you know what you’re saying. Having a platform only matters if it’s built of solid materials.
The Mean Thing He Said: “You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then you’ve used dog [poo] for frosting.” (To a developer at NeXT Inc.)
The Lesson to Take From It: Jobs was a perfectionist. A very rich perfectionist. While few of us can be quite so exacting, his words say something about taking on our passion projects: If you’re going to do something, do it right from the outset. And make a cake you want to eat.
The Mean Thing He Said: “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
The Lesson to Take From It: Wilde was catty before cats were catty. And on this count, he’s totally right. Forgiveness for forgiveness’ sake is great, if you’re Mother Teresa. But if a life well lived is the best revenge, then the best thing to do is flash a smile and a “no big deal” to the people who’ve wronged you. Besides, holding on to anger slows down your metabolism.
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