Girl Bites Dog
When I think about why human beings have been so successful, the first thing I think about is our capacity to bite our friends.
Of course I don’t mean biting with our teeth, like how my son thought his best friend "Kurty Banana" was his chew toy. That kind of biting sucks, and is hard to explain. Don’t do that.
I mean in the California parlance. We bite each other’s style, we copy.
Don't Waste Your Time Being Original
We see somebody using a new technology, or using tool in a new way, or adopting a worldview that gives them an advantage. And if we’re smart, we bite it.
There are no points in life - or in nature - for being original. Don't be original. Be efficient!
Nobody’s like, “well yeah Homo sapiens used its thumb but no points because Homo habilis did it first and humans were just biting.”
Every “technology” we have, from how we swaddle our babies, to the apps we download, to the religion we practice, we do because we saw somebody else do it first. So don’t be ashamed to bite. Biting is for winners.
I’m always on the lookout for people who are bite-worthy - it means that I don't need to develop the intelligence to come up with an original idea (hard/long/boring), I just need to develop the discernment to see what is working for others.
Amber's Secret to a Gorgeous Santi
My friend Amber is so bite-able I can't even stand it. She can espalier a grove of fruit trees, motorcycle across Europe and fill out a bandage dress. AND her Pinterest board is amazing. In fact, you should follow it here.
And of course she has a great big black lab named Santiago who has the most luscious coat you’ve ever seen on a dog. Santi is a local celebrity. His hair is positively decadent, luxurious, exquisite glossy. People stop Amber on the street to talk about how pretty this dog is. Waiters actually - gasp - WANT Santi to dine alfresco with them!
"Amber, why is Santi such a pretty boy?" I asked, hopeful.
"Well...you have to be born that way. But, you can always try this fish oil! I found out about it from a lady at the dog park. It really made Santi's coat so shiny!"
She revealed that she, too, had been a biter.
So my dog bit her dog, metaphorically. It's made with salmon oil and comes in a mess-free pump, and you just give your dog two squirts in their dog food. It tastes of fishy deliciousness, and it must be very rich in fishiness because if you accidentally spill some, be prepared to change your clothes.
And she was right - this product is amazing. After a month, our pure-bred Sharpei "Bow" started looking glossy and coddled despite the fact that she spends all day lying in the dirt and barking viciously at UPS guys.
Waiting, it would seem, for the opportunity….....to bite.