NYT: What’s with the black suit, white shirt, black tie outfit you always wear? Do you have anything else in your closet?
Cornel West: I’ve got four black suits that I circulate, and they are my cemetery clothes — my uniform that keeps me ready for battle.
NYT: Your cemetery clothes?
Cornel West: It’s ready to die, brother. If I drop dead, I am coffin-ready. I got my tie, my white shirt, everything. Just fix my Afro nice in the coffin.
From Seth Godin’s Blog:
“If you build your company with the policy that you’ll never run an ad, it makes it even more important that you build a remarkable product–you’ll never be tempted to compromise and try to make it up with hype. Same thing goes for organizations that refuse to pay bribes. By eliminating situational decisions and grey areas, it changes strategies from the top down. Or perhaps you’re not willing to pay overtime, regardless of the emergency, regardless of how late the project is… it makes it far more likely projects won’t be late, because they’re designed to ship without emergency… Rigidity is rarely your friend, but well understood boundaries make decision making a lot easier.”
There is a simplicity when getting dressed for the day. I’ve gotten used to using no mental effort whatsoever on deciding what to wear. There is only so much space in my mind and one less thing is only beneficial.
I didn’t buy a single article of clothing all year. Anything that keeps me away from shopping is a good thing. No time spent shopping, trying stuff on, comparing prices, buyers regret, returning stuff, and thinking about what to get next.
We don’t naturally keep track of how often buying stuff occupies our minds. Wearing the same clothes everyday helped me realize how often that really is. It made me more conscious of all purchases, not just clothes. Wearing the same clothes every day gave me a constant reminder to not buy stuff I don’t need.
No matter what anyone says we all take into consideration what the clothes we wear say about us to other people. I think most people who see a guy wearing a shirt that says Thursday think its kinda funny. The people who see you every day like coworkers and friends get used to it and it fades into the background. Over the last year I’ve come to appreciate the quote, “You would care less about what people thought of you if you knew how little they did.”
The two most common questions from strangers are, “Do you have one for everyday?” and “Do you ever accidently wear the wrong shirt for the day?” One time a guy told me that even better than a shirt for each day would be a shirt for each month, I have to agree.
So far so good, let’s see how it goes in 2013.
There are a many reasons that one could point out to explain why the Star Wars prequels were as bad as they were*. The most poignant reason that I see is the lack of constraints Lucas had when creating episodes I, II, & III. No constraints crushed his creativity.
Budget, time and limited special effects were all constraints that required Lucas to be more creative while making the originals. In the prequels no similar constraints existed. Every scene was filmed on blue screen so that it could be digitally tweaked and polished to “perfection”, Lucas had a nearly endless budget and he had no push back from anyone he worked with. Red Letter Media does a great analysis of The Phantom Menace about this point, check it out here.
*If you don’t think episodes 1,2 and 3 were bad then you definitely need to watch the entirety of Red Letter Media’s critique. Start here.