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Fear and failure drive the winner

October 18, 2012

Everyone has those doubts in his or her mind. Will I make it? As a journalist, myself, I always wonder if I’ll ever get a chance to actually travel to Africa, Central America or South America to fight for human rights and help all those suffering.

I can’t even imagine what it feels like to want to be a famous actor or comedian. Now, those chances are none to slim.

Chris Gethard, a comedian I’ve never heard of (I don’t know much comedians either way.), touches on his own experiences with the road to fame in response to an anonymous question: “I’ve always really wanted to get into acting and/or comedy but I’m terrified of failing at it. How do you get the courage to perform?”

He responds by telling Mr. or Ms. Anonymous to let the fear drive him. He explains how the fear will never leave. The fear is necessary in order to reach that place — if Anonymous even reaches that place.

But besides a whole load of run-on sentences and poor grammar, Gethard expresses himself beautifully in this piece. It does drag on a bit, and he does rant about his experiences a little too much, but the voice is beautiful. I love the vulgarity and the realness of his writing. Very few writers have the courage to just say it how it is and the way they want it said.

I also admire how he says a bunch of depressing, discouraging stuff like:

Well, the success you’re chasing isn’t going to be as good as you think it is.

He also says a bunch of encouraging stuff like:

Enjoy the process. Enjoy the failure. Learn to love the fear. Like a rollercoaster or a horror movie or like driving around New Jersey breaking into abandoned mental hospitals to look for ghosts in underground tunnels, learn to love the fear.

Gethard’s comedic side shines throughout the entire piece. The part about him falling into a garbage dump to go into a flashy limo cracked me up. Who would’ve guessed?

However, my favorite part is where he discusses reaching that success and wearing those fancy clothes. At the end of the day, no matter what you’re wearing or what car you’re in, you’re still you. Whether it’s that goofy comedian with bad luck or that awkward girl who laughs at the most random things, the fame only changes those who let it.

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