Crowd: (n) a large number of people
Buying a pair of shoes.
What is necessary for this task? Me, shoes and a good fit.
Like every human child born on the Earth, I have bought shoes because they looked good, hoping that I would be able to tolerate how they felt on my feet. It was always a huge mistake. No—shoes are about the fit.
It needs to taste good—and it needs to taste good to me. I always take into consideration whether it’s healthy or not—but only in determining how much of it to eat.
I want every car I own to do three things for me:
- Be able to be maintained without developing terminal problems in its crankcase or transmission
- And finally, it should look decent enough that it’s at least ignored.
What do I look for in a friend?
Someone I can trust. Because I don’t know about you—I use my friends to help me learn how to become friendlier. So they’re going to find all my dumb spots, and I would rather they wouldn’t post these flaws on social media.
My passion? Maybe it’s my mission?
That thing that rings my bell.
I want to be able to do my thing without having people wonder why I’m not getting rich from it or haven’t received an award.
When I used to travel on the road, performing, the first question people asked after the show was how many people attended.
“How big was the crowd?”
When I told the truth, they would quietly back off—thinking it must not be that good, or more people would have been there.
We can’t judge our efforts by the crowd we draw.
If you think about the most important things you do in your life—parenting, being generous, lovemaking, praying, education, exercising—do any of those draw crowds? I don’t think so.
There will always be crowds.
There were crowds in the Coliseum to watch the animals rip apart the flesh of the early Christians.
There were huge crowds in Germany in 1935 to cheer for Chancellor Hitler.
Massive crowds of soldiers gathered on the battlefields in the Civil War, fighting to keep black people in slavery.
There have been crowds associated with every disaster.
Crowds for every tyrant.
Crowds for every fad that came along, and within a short period of time, found themselves embarrassed because they got so worked up over such a stupid idea.
Don’t look for the crowd. Look for the good cheer in your heart.
Don’t look for the crowd. Look for the benefit to humanity.