One fine Autumn day in 2012, while working at the Texas Renaissance Festival, I caught myself chatting with a gentleman that wore a brown leather fedora and carried a large hand drum. He introduced himself as Doc and then introduced his friend Hunter. Hunter wore a colorful bandana that covered his entire scalp and went down to the small of his back; he also carried a large hand drum. Doc said that he and Hunter both enjoy being out at the faire and partaking in all of its festivities, and, like many people other faire patrons, play the hand drums. For those unfamiliar with Renaissance Festival culture, such festivals draw drummers like the Pied Piper of Hamelin draws rodents. Doc continued to describe both his and Hunter’s involvement in playing drums at the Renaissance Festival.
“A lotta people out here play drums, but we play drums good,” he declared.
This quote is compelling. Does it make him egotistical? Maybe. In spite of what it may say about him, his statement uses few words and simple, if incorrect, grammar to convey an explosion of wisdom.
It is a counter-argument to the classic cop-out of “too many people are doing it.” This quote alone influenced me to start The Odd Polymath; I said to myself, “A lotta people blog, but I blog good!” Who will be the judge of whether or not what you do it good? You will be. If you believe you excel at what you do and like what you do, then that is all you need. Everybody else’s opinions are just technicalities. To quote Austin Kleon, “An idea does not have to be good. It just has to be yours.”
One can chant it as a mantra in times of self-doubt. A CrossFitter, about to begin a competition, has nerves, so she chants, “A lotta people do CrossFit, but I do CrossFit good!” Hence, she is once again full of belief in herself.
It shows an unlimited amount of self-confidence in the person speaking. Everybody knows the value of self-confidence, so there is no need to elaborate further.
When you next catch yourself in a difficult situation, doubting your abilities, chant your own version of Doc’s quote:
“A lotta people [do whatever it is you do], but I [do whatever it is you do] good.”
What activities do you do that a lot of other people do but you do them good? Leave your answer in the comments, or shoot it to me via the Contact page.
Stay odd. Seize the prey.