Tuesday, January 5, 2010

TBL Guide to Confidence: Big Trouble in Little China Edition

Unshakeable confidence.

Some guys are born with it. Some guys learn it. Women love it. You need it.

They aren't any different than you, but they BELIEVE with every part of their existence that they really ARE capable of doing anything. They CREATE the world that supports this belief. And you know what? You'll follow them to the gates of Hell.

George S. Patton, the most famous general of WWII, was asked "Did you feel confident you could lead the allied forces?" He replied "Well, some son of a bitch had to do it. Why not me?"

Here's one of my favorite movie heroes, Jack Burton, in "Big trouble in little China."  He's just a truck driver, but in almost every scene he has a crowd of people backing him up or following him. Why? CONFIDENCE.

When you have confidence, you're the leader of men, get the girl, save the day, and most importantly, you get your God damn truck back.

"Everybody relax, I'm here."

Like I told my last wife, I says, "Honey, I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it's all in the reflexes."

Uncle Chu: What the hell is Gracie Law doing here?
Jack Burton: She can't get enough of me.
Gracie: Hah! He wishes.

"When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: ‘Have ya paid your dues, Jack?’ ‘Yes sir, the check is in the mail."

Jack Burton: Just remember what ol' Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol' storm right square in the eye and he says, "Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it."

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