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A reader asked me if I had come across the new Bill Burr standup. I looked for it on Youtube, couldn’t find it, but came across this bit from his podcast that, as usual with Burr, rings true.
Burr opens the cast by claiming that the secret to success in life is the word “yes” and the word “no”. Becoming a person who is basically honest about what they want to do and where they want to go is one key secret to happiness. As Burr points out, this is hard for some people to do, and I’d point out that the “no” portion of the proscription is the harder one to master.
The point reminds me of a couple, in their mid-50s, that I waited on a few months ago. They (she) talked my ear off, and the woman was keen on bragging to me about how much attention her husband provided her. She said “and he’s only told me ‘no’ once”. He nodded enthusiastically, but I swear I could hear his soul screaming. Perhaps that guy was truly never out of sync with his wife, but I doubt it.