I was not the most independent thinker while growing up. I
was impressionable and naïve. I gravitated towards the ideologies and outlooks of
either those in positions of authority or those whose lives I was envious of.
I am still very impressionable. But I like to think I am
more judicious about whom and what I let influence me.
The one place I keep going back to is the collected work of a
TV and movie writer that has molded my world view on both a professional and
personal level. I am not proud of that. This particular writer has been fired
for doing cocaine and being constantly late on submitting scripts. I do not
necessarily agree with how he sees the world or the views of the characters he
brings to life. But he delivers moments that have stuck with me for a very long
And these are those moments.
Sports Night - The Hungry and the Hunted
Ignore the fact that the lead up
to this was a conversation around hunting.
“My instincts told me to shut the
hell up and do what I was told” is Jeremy’s comment when pushed on why he did
something he was uncomfortable with. The response from his boss is something I
desperately wish to hear from someone in a leadership position for a company I
The best line from this entire series
is in this clip: “If you’re dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you’re
smart, surround yourself with smart people that disagree with you.”
I just can’t overstate how much I
agree with that sentiment.
On a side note, if you are not a
big hunting fan, I strongly encourage you to watch the episode and the build up
to this conversation. If you are a fan of hunting, well, don’t.