Bite off a little more than you can chew You get stronger And you do that in the gym For example, when you go lift weights, you lift weights that are a little heavier all the time And as a consequence, you develop yourself physically and you turn into Who you could be, you turn into more than you are
[Chorus] More than who – you are (Who you could be) More than who – you are (More than you are) More than who – you are (Who you could be) More than who – you are (More than you are)
There's a mythological trope that I discuss fairly frequently about rescuing your father from the belly of the dragon Or the belly of the beast You see it in the Lion King You see it when Simba is being initiated by the baboon and he ends up contemplating himself in a dark pool and then his father appears in the sky And then in the Pinocchio story When he's trying to become a genuine human being Instead of a marionette pulled by other people's strings or a liar or a jackass 'cause those are his alternate destinies He goes down to the darkest place he could find the bottom of the ocean and finds the biggest monster he can look at and inside he finds his father and then rescues him
Maybe you're too short or you're not as beautiful as you could be Or your grandparent was a serf Likely, 'cause almost everybody's great grandparent was And you know, you're not as smart as you could be, and you have a sick relative, and you have your own physical problem Frankly, you're a mess Frankly, you're a mess And you're oppressed in every possible way, including your ancestry and your biology The entire sum of human history has conspired to produce victimized you With all your individual pathological problems It's like yes True!
You know, if you take people and you expose them voluntarily to things that they are avoiding and are afraid of You know, that they know they need to overcome in order to meet their goals, their self-defined goals If you can teach people to stand up in the face of the things they're afraid of They get stronger And you don't know what the upper limits to that are because you might ask yourself Like if for 10 years if you didn't avoid doing what you knew you needed to do By your own definitions, right, within the value structure that you've created To the degree that you've done that What would you be like?
[Chorus] What would you be like? What would you be like? (If you stop wasting time) What would you be like? What would you be like? What would you be like? (If you spoke your mind) What would you be like?
I've really been trying to make sense of this, ey, because Well, what the hell's going on? Why am I selling out 3,000 person auditoriums I use the stage let's say, as a opportunity in real time to think I've been thinking Well, if you're surfing you don't confuse yourself with
[Chorus] The wave The wave The wave That's a real mistake You might be on top of the wave but you're not the wave The wave The wave That's a real mistake You might be on top of the wave but you're not the wave
Without that beauty, there's no call to higher being You know? This is also why I've mentioned to people that they should clean up their rooms That's become quite the internet meme But I'm really serious about it, 'cause it's really hard to do that It isn't just that you clean it up You also make it beautiful
[Chorus] Make it beautiful Make it beautiful Make it beautiful Make it – Make it beautiful Make it beautiful It's really hard to make something beautiful Make it beautiful And it's really worthwhile Make it beautiful It's really hard to make something beautiful Make it beautiful And it's really worthwhile
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