"People are gonna have an opinion about you and sometimes it can be really sharp and sometimes eloquent in its painful approach. That's the way the pendulum goes, it's gonna swing back and forth. And if I didn't have those dark moments it wouldn't have propelled me to actually work harder to do this thing I love and enjoy. As I've gotten older, the moments in my life where I have felt the most purpose and the most accomplished came on the heels of all those negative moments."
I have to admit, I was one of those people with a negative opinion about Dane Cook. He seemed obnoxious to me, and the fact that he was everywhere at one point did not help that perception. I got this quote from this article, which gave me a totally new perception of him. I really enjoyed learning about how he rose to fame in the first place. It wasn't just hard work, but a complete openness to fans and potential fans. He was accessible and ready and willing to give to them, and in turn, they gave back! It's a great little article and a reminder that when things don't go perfect you'll still have an amazing and worthwhile journey.