Sometimes The Worst Horse is The Best Horse

June 30, 2015

When you are determined to practice zazen with the great mind of Buddha, you will find the worst horse is the most valuable one. In your very imperfections you will find the basis for your firm, way-seeking mind. Those who can sit perfectly physically usually take more time to obtain the true way of Zen, the actual feeling of Zen, the marrow of Zen. But those who find great difficulties in practicing Zen will find more meaning in it. So I think that sometimes the best horse may be the worst horse, and the worst horse can be the best one.
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Louis CK started standup at age 17.
He did an open mic. And he was so bad at it that he didn’t do it again for two years. The comedy bug brought him back on stage. From there, it took him 23yrs to make it big.

Through that time, he did stand up, wrote for Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Dana Carvey, and Chris Rock. Had multiple failed tv pilots. Worked on a movie that flopped. And his show that did get picked up was canceled by HBO. During that time, he also got married. Had two daughters. Got divorced.

On his way out of HBO, they still let him shoot his standup special Shameless. He was 40yrs old by this time. Next came Chewed Up. Both were successful.

And he finally got to do another tv show at age 42, which just finished its 5th season. Won 2 Emmy’s. Hosted SNL three times. Costarred in a few movies. Released 5 more standup specials. Sold out Madison Square Garden 4 nights in a month (the last date canceled due to bad weather). He already set the record of being the first comedian to sell out 3 times in a month. The demand was so high, he opened up the 4th date.

Now, he’s creating a new tv show with Zach Galifianakis. Starring in a few more movies. And it looks like Louis is gonna be around for a long time.
He’s just getting started.

Louis CK was the worst horse that became the best horse.
Since he knew what it was like to be bad, he worked that much harder and put the microscopic pieces of success together. The best horses, instead, flame out fast and don’t want to put in the grind.