Christopher Walken is Possibly the Only Advisor You Need
Ok, full disclosure. You DO actually need real-life Advisors who know who you are, and can help you in your journey…but, it’s really fun to read wacky celebrity advice and pretend that they’re your personal Yoda (and if you remember Yoda, you know he was a hilarious but weird and ineffective Advisor.) So, in the spirit of hilarity, levity, and possibly learning, we wanted to compile some amazing Christopher Walken thoughts and present it to you, with commentary (of course), as to why it’s great advice from your Advisor (or absolutely terrible. There’s really only two ways this can go in these cases…)
Without further ado, we present to you Walken’s greatest bon mots, which hopefully inspire you to #AdvisorGoals, either as an Advisor to give, or as an Advisee to seek someone half as awesome as him. (Note, all Walken quotes were pulled from this article: https://www.thrillist.com/vice/15-best-christopher-walken-quotes.
“I don't like zoos. Awful.”
Succinct, to the point, knows what he wants. That’s a pretty good quality in an Advisor. They know what they think and can communicate it clearly without any ambiguity. You’ll never have shades of grey with someone who can tell you something bluntly.
You may have questions why, but that’s a whole ‘nother discussion.
"I love spaghetti. And I like to cook spaghetti. And I used to eat it every day. I weighed thirty pounds more than I do now. You can't—you can't do that."
An Advisor who knows how to treat themselves, and then pull back because it’s not good for them. That’s an Advisor who’s going to tell you to pursue your passions but understand if your passions get in the way of productivity you need to pull back. That’s advice coming from someone who understands a work/life balance, and that’s definitely something most Americans could stand to learn from.
Also, pasta is really, really good.
"I've never crashed a wedding. When I was a kid I, of course, used to crash parties. Crashing a wedding is difficult though because you have to have the suit, and you have to have information in case someone catches you. You have to know at least some names and something."
Walken knows his limitations—you want that in an Advisor, and as a person. He wouldn’t push you into something that was way out of your sphere of reference, or something that he knew wouldn’t help you grow. He’s also the type of Advisor that plans for a contingency. He knows the risks and won’t take them unless he has a way to deal with them. That’s exactly the type of person you want helping to guide you towards taking the next steps in your life and career because they’ll help you recognize where the flaws, or dangers in your plan are.
"I like cats a lot. I've always liked cats. They're great company. When they eat, they always leave a little bit at the bottom of the bowl. A dog will polish the bowl, but a cat always leaves a little bit. It's like an offering."
Ahh, the age-old debate between cats and dogs. You’ll need a combination of “cat” Advisors and “dog” Advisors in your life. Let’s deal with “dog” Advisors first. They encourage you, they want you to seize the moment and grab life by the horns. They will give you the support and extra energy you need to just go for it.
“Cat” Advisors are the ones who are going to make sure you plan for it. They’re going to be the ones to point out where the holes in a plan or strategy are, in order to make you fix it before you go after it. They’re not the type to tell you exactly how to execute, they’re going to give you the information to help you formulate a plan on your own terms, with their input.
So, we bet you thought this was going to be a weird, wacky collection of meme-able quotes without substance, didn’t you? Sure, Christopher Walken is a bit odd, but beneath the wacky, there’s some pretty solid advice here. Now, we’re not saying you should rush out and message Christopher Walken and ask him to be your Advisor (but if you do, please let us know how that works out, because if it’s a go, we’re going to be very excited and impressed!) but we are saying that sometimes wacky celebrity quotes that seem weird on the surface can make for some pretty great Advisor qualities when drilled down upon. Especially if you’re a celebrity as prolific as Christopher Walken. (Seriously, how was he in Hairspray AND Pulp Fiction?!)
Do you agree, wish we had profiled a different celeb? Let us know in the comments below!