Comedian Bill Burr has a great podcast, called Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast, where he’s usually the only one talking. He does occasionally have guests, such as Doug Stanhope, but for the most part it’s a solo act.
One way in which he does bring other voices in, however, is by reading out listener emails. One email in particular, featured on the May 5th, 2014 episode, prompted some solid advice about having confidence in yourself and not letting minor, ultimately superficial obstacles get in your way.
It should help balding men to hear this bit of advice, but it applies to so much more than just losing your hair at a young age. Or losing your hair at any age, for that matter.
The email came from an anonymous 19 year old fan who is prematurely balding. He wrote:
I’m a 19 year old male and I’m balding. For a long time I hadn’t noticed because I had longer hair. When I recently got my hair cut, I discovered my hair had started thinning a long time ago. How the fuck do I deal with this? Girls will often call me attractive, but I know I am not very attractive in a masculine way, so buzzing it would hardly make me feel like a bad ass…
Besides that, I feel like I’m at an age where my hair is still a big part of my identity and losing it feels like losing a way to express myself in some way. Losing hair at a young age like this feels like a one way ticket to mediocrity, always being one step behind the rest, for the rest of my life. What’s your advice on this, since you don’t exactly have your Axl Rose mane anymore either.
Bill Burr gives his response:
Your feelings are natural, especially at 19. When I first figured out I was losing my hair in my early thirties, I freaked…out. I couldn’t believe it, like how could this happen to me? I was like Nancy Kerrigan. I just sat down going, “Why?! Why?! Why?!”
And then, as I always do, I just go, ‘Alright, this is the situation. I can either sit here and act like a…bitch or I can try to find the positive…
This is what I always try to do, I just look for people who are in my situation, or worse, that succeeded and that’s who I think about.
I immediately just looked at…guys like Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson, I’m like, ‘They’re still leads in movies and still crushing it, and still getting nominated (for awards). So, you know, if I want to let it stop me, it will…
Here’s the deal, if you bald young, here’s how you catch up: You stay in shape. Because most people, it’s an absolute shit-show by the time they’re 35…And this is the thing, women really respect confidence. If you carry yourself, and you just make jokes…you have a sense of humor about it…women really respond to that…
The one-way ticket to mediocrity is believing you’re on the road to mediocrity…Go out there and crush it…hit on women that are allegedly way out of your league. Just swing for the fucking fences, and do the same thing as far as whatever dream you have, as far your dream job, just absolutely swing out of your…shoes every time you get an at bat. Honestly, dude, if your hairline is gonna stop you, Jesus Christ, you’re better than that…You hold your destiny in your hand.
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