Few acts of creative courage are more vulnerable-making than sharing our labors of love with others, but especially with our heroes — those whom we admires as masters of our chosen craft and whose opinions we reverence as a supreme metric of merit. The terror at the prospect of disappointing those mentors and role models, of having them perceive mediocrity where we have aimed for greatness, is a singular terror familiar to all who have devoted their lives to bringing something new and beautiful and significant into the world, be they scientists or artists.
"God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind, I will live forever."
CONOR MCGREGOR, an Irishman who is perhaps the world’s most famous mixed-martial arts (MMA) fighter, is as famous for his mouth as for his quick feet and hands. He boasts about how much more money he makes than his opponents. He has referred to other fighters as “twerp” and “snake”. The co-founder of ONE Championship—an MMA league stealing a march in Asia on Mr McGregor’s American-based league, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)—is disdainful of such behaviour. Martial arts, insists its founder, Chatri Sityodtong, who is Thai-American, is about discipline and humility, not brashness. Most of a fighter’s work, after all, takes place outside the ring. Promotional videos for ONE’s fighters tend to depict them training rather than fighting. The point, says Mr Sityodtong, is to inspire viewers to achieve their dreams in their own lives, rather than just getting them to cheer the biggest bully on the block. ONE has pursued a policy that might be described as “hyperlocalism”. Western sports properties, such as the English Premier League (EPL), a football championship,...Continue reading
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By Day 28 of fashion month, most of us can barely find time for lunch, but Ikram Goldman, the force of nature and founder of the 15-year-old Chicago store Ikram, was gigging with Pink Martini at Paris’s famous L’Olympia theater. On Tuesday night her designer friends Olivier Theyskens and Duro Olowu, and at least a dozen other fashion insiders, were in the crowd. “I was nervous as hell, but it felt right,” says Goldman, who wore Olowu and Céline for her Paris debut. “I told myself, ‘let’s do this, let’s belt this out and get it done.’ Pink Martini