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10 Life Lessons We’ve Learned from Don Rickles


  • Date: November 10, 2015

Practice (and time) makes perfect
While his routines are seemingly effortless, Rickles is upfront about the work that went into honing his craft. He reminisced, “It takes many years to be a great comedian.” He had plenty of stumbles along the way to becoming one of the greats.

Mind the line between jokes and insults
Rickles notes, "If I were to insult people and mean it, that wouldn't be funny. There is a difference between an actual insult and just having fun."

Give 110%
Give your complete effort or nothing at all. Rickles put it simply: “You throw your best punch, otherwise don't do it.”

Sometimes, fame will find you
Just ask Rickles, who said with a straight face: “I never went out looking for glory!”

Never give up
At the beginning of his career, Don Rickles didn’t find instant fame. He remembers, “When I got out of high school, I wanted to be an actor but was getting a lot of rejections. I was getting rejected by life. My mother, God rest her soul, told me not to quit.”

Stage personality and real-life personality are two different things
Rickles can dish out the snark on the stage, but he isn’t mean in real life: “I don’t care if the average guy on the street really knows what I’m like, as long as he knows I’m not really a mean, vicious guy. My friends and family know what I’m really like. That’s what’s important.”

Don’t let the “glory days” keep you from being present
We all like to reminisce, but Rickles reminded us bluntly that the “The old days were the old days. And they were great days. But now is now.”

Always be smarter than your phone
Rickles doesn’t need to know whether you’re an Android or an Apple devotee. “Smartphones. Who cares? Smartphones. I only have dummy phones.”

You can’t please everyone
In fact, Rickles aims to do the opposite: “Every night when I go out on stage, there's always one nagging fear in the back of my mind. I'm always afraid that somewhere out there, there is one person in the audience that I'm not going to offend!”

Be your own biggest fan
Rickles has his sense of humor for a reason - it makes him laugh. He explains, “I have no idea what I'm going to say when I stand up to give a toast. But I do know that anything I say I find funny.”

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