I know, I already highlighted this podcast (“Michael Lewis And The Power Of Positive Self Talk”), but the whole conversation has a ton of great stories about Michael Lewis’ life and career. Tim Ferriss does a great job getting Lewis to tell stories about everything from almost getting kicked out of school multiple times to what he learned about friendship from Kahneman and Tversky. Check out The Tim Ferriss Show, “Michael Lewis – Inside the Mind of the Iconic Writer (#427).”
Here’s that quote again from the previously mentioned post:
As I got older, I could not help but notice the effect on people of the stories they told about themselves. If you listen to people, if you just sit and listen, you’ll find that there are patterns in the way that they talk about themselves. There’s the kind of person who’s always the victim in any story they tell – always on the receiving end of some injustice. There’s the person who’s always kind of the hero in any story they tell. The smart person – they deliver the clever putdown. There are lots of versions of this. And you’ve got to be very careful about how you tell these stories because it starts to become you. You are, in the way you craft your narrative, kind of crafting your character. And so, I did at some point decide I am going to adopt, self-consciously as my narrative, that I’m the happiest person anybody knows. And it is amazing how happy-inducing it is.