How to Make It In Watford

The quintessential “rags to riches” story personified in this brilliant interview with professional football player Troy Deeney. I identify with a lot it, especially the bit about his compulsive drinking habits. It’s something I’ve been battling with for a long and thankfully I found ways to manage it somewhat, but its great to hear someone famous be so candid about it. All in all it’s an amazing interview, check it out!

A Cautionary Tale

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Scott Sternberg walked away from his clothing brand 3 years ago, but he’s back with a venture EntireWorld. His story is an interesting one and for anyone with aspiration to make it in Fashion, please bare his story in mind, you can read the entire interview here.

“Literally the day the store opened, the last private-equity firm that we’d been holding out for passed,” he recounts. “This is right before the opening party, and I’m doing all this press, and holding my fucking dog, and posing for pictures and all that stuff. And trying really hard to enjoy some of the moment, because it was beautiful, that store, and my team worked so hard on it.” He got through it. “Five milligrams of Ativan and half a joint, was that party,” he says, laughing.

How to Be A Grownup

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This entire interview is gold but section I highlighted below really struck home with me. It’s not an issue I have nowadays, but used to struggle saying no to friends, especially when I had no good reason too. And it’s great to hear someone like Joaquin Phoenix say aloud something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. If you don’t feel like doing something, you shouldn’t have to explain to your friends why, just saying “no, thank you I’m good” should be good enough, that’s what adults do.

You can read the entire interview here.

FERRELL: [laughs] Well, next year I’ll invite you over to watch the Super Bowl.

PHOENIX: You don’t have to.

FERRELL: You don’t even have to watch it.

PHOENIX: I’m trying to do this thing where I’m being honest with people—I don’t want to come. But I’d love to come over to check out your bananas sometime.

FERRELL: Wait, say that again? You’re doing this thing where when you really don’t want to go somewhere, you just say, “I’m not going to go”?

PHOENIX: I’m tired of making excuses.

FERRELL: It’s okay as an adult to say, “No, I’m not going. I just don’t want to go.”

PHOENIX: Yeah, I mean, it is okay, but, just that, I have to, yeah, I can’t do it. [Ferrell laughs] It’s very nice of you to offer, but I won’t be doing that.

April Reading List

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Last month’s reading list was incredibly fun, I managed to read three out of the five books purchased cover to cover and learnt a lot more about Miles Davis in the process;  but this month’s promises to be one of the best ones yet! I can’t wait to dig into The Autobiography of Gucci Mane and Murder Machine, the latter recommended to me by Joey Diaz himself! You can find the entire list of books I’m reading in April below and if you have any other question please feel free to contact me.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East by Robert Frisk
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane
Murder Machine by Gene Mustain

 

Genius.

Tyler, the Creator‘s new video/song is fucking amazing. He is a really special talent, I can’t wait to see him live at Primavera Sound in May!
genius
ˈdʒiːnɪəs/
noun
  1. exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.
    “she was a teacher of genius”
    synonyms: brilliance, great intelligence, great intellect, great ability, cleverness, brains, eruditionwisdomsagacity, fine mind, witartistryflair, creative power, precocity, precociousness