Kenny Powers (from HBO’s Eastbound & Down) has a propensity for quotability that’s second to none. Many of his best one-liners and quips are related to motivation and his general awesomeness. Between the frequent bouts of drug and alcohol use Kenny lays down teachings that make a lot of sense for everyone, especially people in the business world.
“Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless”
The most successful startups, the ones that get all of the press attention and the ones that have crazy 10,000% yearly growth, are all based around exceptional products and experiences. They’re led by visionaries who want to dramatically shift entire industries and paradigms.
The lesson: startup founders need to go for it. Use the skills and tools that you have available and aim for the fences. Don’t worry about always playing by the book.
“I’m a champion” and “I’m a bulletproof tiger man!”
Self-confidence is an invaluable asset. Everyone from CEO’s to developers should be confident in their abilities and decision making.
The lesson: confidence pays great dividends. It makes everyone around you feel better, and confidence is contagious.
“From this moment forward Kenny Powers is just like everyone else. Normal. Not special. No hopes. No dreams. Pretending to be happy when he’s really super sad. Just an average guy with exceptional hair. Nothing more, and nothing less.”
Even Kenny Powers loses his mojo and confidence from time to time. During his darkest hour he contemplated just giving up his dreams of getting back to the majors and settling. This happens to everyone, especially overworked startups founders. Stick to the plan and you’ll eventually rise back to the top, a la “La Flama Blanca”.
The lesson: Don’t lose the faith. Keep working, keep plugging away, and you’ll get closer to your goals.