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1/22/09 / eGo

9:49 PM Just watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Since lists are in, I’ll note my observations in list form:

  • The movie was too long
  • The old lady’s voice is horrendous and hard to understand
  • It seemed like a remake of Forrest Gump (not exact, of course), because:
    • Brad Pitt was narrating his own story
    • He travels the world and has interesting experiences, much like Forrest Gump
    • The Captain of the Chelsea resembled Lieutenant Dan
    • He has several women but really loves only one, like Forrest

1:01 PM There are plenty of sources of inspiration, online and offline. Successful business, athletes, professionals, even philanthropists and do-gooders, it’s easy to look around and hear success stories – how they did it, what drove them, etc. etc. The media makes sure we hear about it.

But there’s something called solace, for which there seems a severe dearth of sources. For every successful business, they say, x number of businesses fail (where x >> 1). There should be a magazine solely for those unsuccessful cases, so one unsuccessful entrepreneur can read about another and take comfort; a failed athlete can hear about a comrade and realize that’s just how life is sometimes. What about those people, who try but don’t succeed? Who’s reaching out to them?

According to this, 91% of large-scale projects fail.

8:59 AM Take a look at The frontpage photo is very creative, and it’s a great plug for his movie Ghajini.

8:43 AM There’s an important difference between egotism and egoism:

Please notice that I say egoism, not egotism, and I am prepared to be pernickety about the distinction. An egotist is a self-absorbed creature, delighted with himself and ready to tell the world about his enthralling love affair. But an egoist, like Sir John, is a much more serious being, who makes himself, his instincts, yearnings, and tastes the touchstone of every experience. The world, truly, is his creation. Outwardly he may be courteous, modest, and charming … but beneath the velvet is the steel; if anything comes along that will not yield to the steel, the steel will retreat from it and ignore its existence. The egotist is all surface; underneath is a pulpy mess and a lot of self-doubt. But the egoist may be yielding and even deferential in things he doesn’t consider important; in anything that touches his core he is remorseless.

-The Deptford Trilogy, pg. 683

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