“I won’t change. The only sad thing is that sometimes your work is destroyed by others. You want to see a player in his prime doing it for your club. But it does not work like that all the time. I am a victim of that. I lost Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas at an age where they should have been playing their best football for Arsenal. But I never left the club when I could have. I could have left 10 times to join another club but I didn’t because I have worked with the same vision and philosophy at Arsenal for the last 16 years — and that won’t change. Besides, money was never a motivation for me. And, in a similar way, people like Cruyff don’t put all their energy in building football teams with young players just for the money. We all do this because we want to give something back to football.”—Arsene Wenger
As a person moves through life, they are expected to become more and more ‘certain,’ to operate with increased decisiveness, to cultivate an existence that minimizes confrontation and emphasizes peace.
People grow to shun conflict, internal and external. But this is the surest path to monotony and conformity.
There is a simple cure, however: we must become shamelessly conflicted.
Conflict does not have to result in paralysis; its energy can be harnessed and put to use. It is the very source of newness, and the foundation of discourse.
Relish each contradictory impulse within yourself, and every clash you encounter with another - for these are moments of productivity and creation.
“I think there are a lot of similarities. You have to travel if you want to be a great designer or a great chef. You have to work for a big chef, you have to work for a big designer for a while before you go do your own thing. I have a lot of designer friends, like Jason Wu, and it is the love of the craft that we share. Real designers do it for the love of the craft and the same thing with chefs—they would cook regardless.”—Marcus Samuelsson, Food’s Most Fashionable Man