Favorite Quotes: Volume IV


“Ambition wins over genius 99 percent of the time.  Sooner or later, the other guy is going to have
to eat, drink, go to
the bathroom, get laid, or take a vacation, and that’s when I catch him.”
– Jay Leno

Jay doesn’t think he’s that smart.  Ironic, because I think it takes a genius to say what he did and to do what he has done.

Does what he say work?  Well, when both he and Letterman went back to work without writers, he came out on top.  In fact, when the ratings came out, NBC Late Nite Programming Chief Rick Ludwin said, “The audience made the decision of which of the two hosts they wanted to watch . . . They made the decision 13 years ago.”


I get called a workaholic a lot.  I hate that word, because I don’t think it’s work when you love what you do.  But hey, if Jay is a workaholic, then by all means folks, slur away, because that’s some nice company and maybe Jay can take me for a ride in one of his 180 cars at the workaholic convention.

Want to read more about Leno’s work ethic and how much he loves what he does . . . so much in fact that he acknowledges that it was ok that he trumped Letterman and got paid less?  Click here.

Favorite Quotes: Volume III

“There are potentially more talented writers and directors than I working in shoe stores and Burger Kings across the nation; the difference is I was willing to put in the nine years of effort and they weren’t.”
– 3 time Academy Award nominee, Frank Darabont

This blog should be categorized under REALLY favorite quotes, because the quote is such a good one.

How many people do you know that say, “I’ve got this great idea,” and nothing ever happens with it.

How many people do you know that criticize other’s people’s work, always saying how they could do better . . . but they never do.

I bet you know lots of people like this.  I bet, at times, you’re even one of them.

I know I am.

It’s hard not to be one of those people, because it’s so much easier to sit back, watch an episode of American Idol, and let someone else do the hard (and scary) stuff.

So what’s the secret to becoming more like Frank?

Sorry, no over-priced pharmaceutical can help.  No Tony Robbins-style self help book is gonna do it either.

You just have to keep promises to yourself.  You keep them to your boss, right?  You keep them to your husband or wife, right?  Why, because you “have to”?  Why not keep them to yourself for the same reason.

The next time you say you’re going to do something, shut off the American Idol and start.  There’s always Tivo.  You can always watch it later.  When you finish.

Ironically, Idol started as just an idea once.  A pretty simple one, actually.  And I’d bet a bunch of other people in shoe stores and Burger Kings had the same one (Ooooooh, I bet they are bitter now!).

I’d keep writing now, but I have to go.  I promised a good buddy of mine that I’d do something for him.

To read the article that Frank wrote that contained the above quote, click here.

Favorite Quotes: Volume II

“If they don’t let you in the front door, go down the chimney.”  – James L. Nederlander 

Persistence is the key to making it in any industry.  But Jimmy Jr. is right.  You can’t just keep pounding on the door waiting for someone to open it.  Even if they did finally open it, can you imagine how annoyed they would be?

There’s always another way in.  Find it.

Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

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