How Simple Humor and Wisdom Can Tame the Fury of Self Criticism


I loved this 45-second clip of Daniel Goleman telling a classic story about Larry David, the producer of “Seinfeld,” who plays himself on the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” I thought Goleman’s telling was worth sharing in audio format:

On one level, this is classic Larry David, the crazy, Woody-Allen-like neurotic. And on another level, it’s poignant and funny because it’s you and me, right?

I offer it this morning in the hope that you can take just one comment, from just one person, and attach it to Larry David’s thinking about that one idiot who assaulted him. Recognize that there are some unhappy people, who seem to need to be critical, to build themselves up at others’ expense, and realize that it’s just ridiculous to waste any time on them.

Choose not to be Larry David. Let it go and

Lead with your best self!