David Duchovny | The Moment with Brian Koppelman

Key Takeaways

  • It’s beautiful to never be satisfied, there’s no shame in simply enjoying the ‘game’, a restless pursuit of passion
  • Don’t sabotage learning opportunities with preconceived judgments
    • Say yes – you’ll never truly discover the potential hidden lessons without going through the experience
  • “I feel good, I feel love when I sacrifice for my teammates. I want to be in business with those I want to sacrifice for.” – David Duchovny
    • Sports have a way of teaching us lessons and values that we reflect on years later
  • Try new experiences with an open and beginner’s mind, this relieves the anxiety of influence and allows you to use the experience as a pure function of expression
  • Read Moby Dick
    • David and Brian both recommend this classic for its contemporary application to modern-day society

Intro

  • David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) is a well-known actor famous for his roles in The X-Files and Californication. David and Brain discuss the restless pursuit of success, why you should say yes, lessons learned from sports, and more from the acting industry.
  • Host: Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman)

Restless Success

  • Create and seek your own obstacles for consistent challenge
    • The other morning, David just started shouting “be hungry” in the middle of his kitchen to inspire motivation within himself
  • David doesn’t want to let the hard work show, covering up his hard work with a sense of ease is a true accomplishment in David’s eyes
  • “I’ve never found a god, I’ve never found the place where I can rest” – David Duchovny on a relentless motivation for success
    • It’s beautiful to never be satisfied, there’s no shame in simply enjoying the ‘game’, a restless pursuit of passion

Say Yes

  • David takes on assignments/projects regardless of if he thinks he is going to like it or not, don’t assume judgment
    • Let the experience dictate the ‘why’ behind the project/task, not your initial judgment
    • You never know the lessons you’ll learn if you say yes to things you historically/routinely say no to
    • David feels like he wouldn’t cast himself in some roles he gets, this means there might be something to learn about yourself
  • Regardless of attitude towards a project, be the person ‘who wants to be there’
    • Give the experience a fair chance to teach you something

Life Lessons from Sports

  • David attempted to play basketball and baseball in college at Princeton but neither worked out
    • He struggled with this because he attached his self-identity to being an athlete
  • Life lessons learned through sports can be a bedrock for future wisdom and moral values
    • Resiliency, team orientation, feedback, humility, etc
    • Most of the lessons in sports are not learned at the moment but reflected on years later
  • “I feel good, I feel love when I sacrifice for my teammates. I want to be in business with those I want to sacrifice for.” – David Duchovny

Hollywood & Acting Topics

  • Californication – American comedy-drama television series starring David Duchovny
    • Brian is thoroughly impressed with the friendship dynamic between the characters Hank Moody (David) & Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler) throughout the series
    • A true example of the value of sacrifice in a team environment
  • Howard Bloom is an influence on Brian and David
    • Inspirational for his utilitarianism and photographic memory
  • John Travolta is the talent equivalent (across positions) to Quentin Tarantino in David’s opinion

Music Career

  • David Duchovny recently released an album, Gestureland
  • Never had anxiety of influence when creating the album because he didn’t think anyone would listen to it
    • It is the opposite of anything he’d ever done in his professional career
  • Didn’t seek originality, rather simply wanted to use music as a function of expression

David’s Book Recommendations

  • What books do you wish you loved more?
  • What books were you wrong about and had to revisit?

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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