Three Shots

On Authenticity, Courage and Work

Osho, Kanye and Steve Jobs walk into a bar.

Kanye orders a round of shots.

Kanye: “Before we drink, a question.”

“It is really a question about authenticity.”

Osho smiles. “That’s deep Kanye.”

“Everyone should ask themselves this to strip bare their beliefs and thoughts on life. Are they authentically yours or are you just following the crowd?”

The greatest fear in the world is the opinion of others, and the moment you are unafraid of the crowd, you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.”

[Note: actual quotes attributed to the person are in bold]

A hush falls over the table.

Kanye finally breaks the silence. “I felt that.”

Steve takes off his glasses.

“There’s comfort and safety in the crowd. I gave the world ‘think different’. But as great as it sounds, being unique and thinking different is a very uncomfortable place to be. So very few actually dare to do it.”

“But every person needs to understand…”

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

“And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”


Steve gets the next round.

“Before we drink, what does courage mean to you?”

Osho smiles again. Steve and Kanye lean in.

Steve: “Chills”

Kanye: “Aye. The unknown is a dark and scary place. We cling so tightly to certainty, or the illusion of certainty. But our greatest growth is in embracing the unknown.”


Osho’s round.

“Before we drink, how does one produce great work?”

“It’s simple but that’s how I did it.”

Kanye: “That’s dope Steve.”

“I always feel like I can do anything. That’s the main thing people are controlled by: thoughts and perceptions of yourself…If you’re taught you can’t do anything, you won’t do anything.”

“Nah f**k that. As cliche as it sounds, get out of your box and believe.”

“People always tell you, 'Be humble. Be humble.' When was the last time someone told you to be amazing? Be great! Be great! Be awesome! Be awesome!”


Osho: “I think I’m a little drunk now.”

To summarize:

  • Live free and unafraid of the crowd to really let your heart roar!

  • Have a lover affair with the unknown

  • Love what you do and be great! Be awesome!

(note the repeated emphasis on heart and love. I just noticed this on the final proof read)

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did writing it.



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