For all the builders
In Disney's Ratatouille, ornery restaurant critic Anton Ego gives the following amazing monologue.
"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read.
But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends."
This probably shouldn't be surprising.
Beyond being easy to criticize, pessimism sounds smart.
As Morgan Housel wrote, "Pessimism is intellectually seductive in a way optimism only wishes it could be." His great essay on the seduction of pessimism can be found in The Blurb below.
This is also why I love working at CB Insights.
We are friends of the new.
(And yes — we’re hiring.)