Gangnam Style and Epics

How do you set out to create an epic?

You can’t.

Many have tried; none have succeeded.

Epics cannot be intentionally created.

They exist.

There is no formula to create an epic.

There is no amount of analysis that will produce an epic.

Gangnam Style is an excellent example.

Gangnam Style is an epic.

The author, Psy, spent 10 years trying to re-create that epic.

He failed.

Epics cannot be created with intention.

The universe rebels against this.


Why cannot epics be analyzed and machined out?

They just can’t.

If they could’ve been, they would’ve been.

How do we define an epic?

We can no more define an epic than we can define the Tao.

The Tao that can be defined is not the true Tao.

We can only talk about epics. We can approach them and understand general principles, but that does not mean that we can set out to create one.

The Wizard of Oz is an epic.

It was not intended to be an epic. It just became one.

Had the creators tried to make an epic, they would not have succeeded.

Epics don’t try to be epics.

Epics only try to be fun and entertain.

They focus on the basics, putting one foot in front of the other.

Epics don’t know that they are supposed to be serious.

They don’t try to be great.

Epics in the entertainment industry have the right combination of music, originality and movement.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Gangnam Style had the right dancing, the right music, the right video effects in an original and fresh way.

These elements complemented each other in synergy to produce something greater than the addition of each part.

A synergy ensued.

Magic occurred.


Archer Crosley

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How to Succeed

Are you desiring to succeed in life?

How is this done?

I can illustrate a few principles.

In your line of work whatever that may be whether you are a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, or even an attorney or a physician, treat everybody the same.

Don’t play favorites even though you may have some.

Don’t classify people into movers and shakers in order to weed out the undesirables.

Don’t dismiss people because you either don’t like them or you find them beneath you.

Don’t get rid of people because they ask you a lot of questions.

Attend to everyone thoroughly with the same measure of respect.

There are going to be clients who try your patience. Work through these clients diligently. Forget about your own personal feelings. Take care of their needs first.

Put yourself second.

You may think that their questions are silly; it doesn’t matter.

You should listen to their concerns no matter how trivial because their concerns may be valid, and you may be wrong.

Or addressing their concerns will lead you to ask questions which will reveal greater problems that unaddressed will cause you grief.

If you are concerned about being sued for your own malfeasance and are desiring to protect your assets, let me buy you a ticket on the clue train.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Forget about obsessively shielding your assets. Ultimately no amount of legal stratagem will protect you from your own malfeasance.

The best way to prevent malfeasance is to diligently take care of your clients.

Dismiss none of their concerns.

You may want to go home at five or five-thirty. Too bad. You should answer all the telephone calls and texts that you receive during the day.

Follow up on everything as soon as possible.

If you take care of your clients, your clients will take care of you.

If you take care of your clients, your life will take care of itself.

Don’t be a fake. Be yourself.

The most important thing in business is to be yourself.

Don’t be pigeonholed into the ideal that academics try to cram you into.

If people don’t like you, that’s not a bad thing.

Pray that they tell their friends because it’s a good chance their friends think like them.

It’s better to have clients who are in sync with your personality.

You can’t be all things to all people.

That’s why you are always better off by being yourself.

By being yourself you are going to attract people like you.

When you run a business you are selling yourself.

Let’s look at pediatrics. Because that is what I do.

Most pediatricians practice the same way. Any pediatrician can prescribe an amoxicillin prescription. Any pediatrician can order a CBC.

Most pediatricians practice uniformly.

Where we differ is in our personalities.

Over the years I have been able to detect fairly well when a patient belongs not with me but with another pediatrician who I know.

One time I was in the office on a Saturday and a patient came into my office. As I was interviewing the patient for the first time I said to myself, this is a patient who looks as if they belong with Dr. Wells. Not more than a minute after I had that thought, the patient said to me, well, Dr. Wells wasn’t open today, so that’s why I came over here.

You want people in your practice or business who think like you and who have your values.

What you don’t want are people who don’t think like you, or who don’t have your values.

For example, I am a very laid-back pediatrician. I have never worn a white coat and a tie. I take a quite different approach to pediatrics than a traditional pediatrician who might wear a white coat and a tie.

That’s a good thing because there are many people out there in the world today.

There are people who like traditional pediatricians, there are people who like informal pediatricians like myself.

If I am myself, I am more likely to attract people who are likely to follow my orders.

That has made me more successful than I ever thought I would be.

Well, those are a few important points that I would make you if you are desirous of being successful in life.


Archer Crosley

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