This episode of How I Built This with Milk Bar Christina Tosi was tremendous, and I love her quirky but vigilant demeanor. But something she said at the end overwhelmed me.
It’s something I’ve thought about often but never really put the right words to. She was asked — as all HIBT guests are asked — whether her success was due to luck or hard work.
It’s an impossible question that she nailed.
“It’s more opportunity than it was luck,” she said. “I don’t consider myself to have great luck, but I show up and mean it. I’m a big believer in people who show up and mean it winning in the end.”
Show up and mean it. It doesn’t guarantee success — that would be an affront to folks who haven’t made it — but without it, you have nothing.
I loved this from Godin today on the benefits of freelancing. I often forget that I am both boss and employee of myself, and I think most often when I forget I am led to believe that being the employee of myself is more important than being the boss. It’s not.
You’re your own boss, most of the time, and figuring out a way to become better at being the boss of you is a worthwhile investment of effort.Seth Godin
I am including this hymn from former Yale president (starting in 1795) Timothy Dwight in my talk on Ephesians next week. In fact I’m ending my talk by praying it because it’s such a sweet picture of how we should view the big-C church.
I love Thy kingdom, Lord.
The house of Thine abode,
The Church our blest Redeemer saved
With His own precious blood.
For her my tears shall fall;
For her my prayers ascend;
To her my cares and toils be giv’n,
Till toils and cares shall end.
-Timothy Dwight (late 1700s)