Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.

An Umeshism

Umeshisms, as described by Scott Aaronson, originate from the following quote:

If you’ve never missed a flight, you’re spending too much time in airports.

Aaronson’s blog goes on to provide some academically-inspired Umeshisms, but the basic sentiment is universal. If one squints, Kanye West provides the essence of an Umeshism in one of his songs:

Everything I’m not made me everything I am.

My life has experienced a few setbacks recently, and I spent significant parts of today talking with a friend. He provided the following Umeshism:

If you experience no setbacks in life, you’re not taking enough chances.

I came up with the following:

If you’ve never been burned, you’re not lighting enough fires.

I kind of like my friend’s one better. For the people (person?) who read this blog, please share your own. 🙂


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