The whole internet is buzzing with Seinfeld’s brutally honest acceptance speech on Soulful Materialism.
“I love advertising because I love lying.”
Jerry Seinfeld was given an honorary award at 55th Annual Clio Awards. The Awards are defined to be, “world’s most recognized international awards competition for advertising, design, digital and communications”.
Naturally, he began his acceptance speech by thanking AMEX and Ogilvy, and his family for their support. At that point, he had a choice to continue like others or being uber honest about how he sees the advertising space.
Before you start wondering, he did elaborate on that premise:
“Spending your life trying to dupe innocent people out of hard-won earnings to buy useless, low-quality, misrepresented items and services is an excellent use of your energy.”
While recounting the infamous ’91 “trophy run”, he even tackled one of our most debated topics : the inanity of awards shows themselves.
“…I got this. I didn’t really win it, but I got it.”
Another video has recently emerged that should make your weekend.
Back in 1997, Michael Dell of Dell Computers was asked what he would if he was given a chance to run Apple. His (albiet, bit arrogant) response was that he’d shut it down and give the money back to shareholders.
Now let’s see how Job responds to this statement.
Jobs says he thought that was “rude.” And then, he says, “We’re coming after you buddy.” And they did. (Rumour has it, Michael has been seen walking around with a Macbook Air in a private meeting).
One of the most critical elements of success (and quite honestly inner peace) in anyone’s life is ability to think — decipher the signal from the noise.
Long before others, John Dewey penned the definitive treatise on the subject — a subject all the more relevant today, in our age of snap judgments and instant opinions. All thanks to abundance in digital and social media.
In his masterwork How We Think, Dewey examines what separates thinking, a basic human faculty we take for granted, from thinking well, what it takes to train ourselves into mastering the art of thinking, and how we can channel our natural curiosity in a productive way when confronted with an overflow of information.
“Cause you’re only given a little spark of madness, and if you lose that, you’re nothing.” – Robin Williams
In my previous life at Bell Canada, I came pretty involved with Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign which was focused upon removing the negative stigma associated with mental illness. As I learned more about the disease, I became more sensitive to the issue and the realization that it impacts the vast majority of us. Yet, no one ever talks about it.
At this very moment, some 3 million Canadians are suffering from depression.
Two-thirds of homeless people using urban shelters suffer from some form of mental illness.
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
Every day, 500,000 Canadians miss work due to a form of mental illness.
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year-olds and 16% among 25-44 year-olds.
With the news of Robin Williams passing, it just reminded me again that we should never stop talking about this disease, because it is one and there’s nothing wrong with talking about it. The more we talk, the more we interact with each other on this topic, the more chances we have to help 1 in 5 of us who will face some form of depression in our lives. It’s the silent majority that is hurting the most.
So do me a favor. Ask your fellow colleague, friend, family member how they are doing tonight? If you have suffered from some form of depression, please do share your story in the comments. We would love to listen and care.