How Embracing Awkwardness Can Become Vital to Your Success

Adrian S. Potter
4 min readMar 13, 2024

Learn to laugh it off.

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Richard Lewis was an American comedian, actor, and author, known for his distinctive neurotic and self-deprecating humor. Lewis rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian, gaining recognition for his witty and introspective style.

He became a regular on television comedy shows and late-night talk shows, including “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” Lewis’s comedy revolved around his struggles with anxiety, relationships, and the absurdities of daily life, earning him a reputation as a pioneer of confessional comedy.

Aside from his stand-up career, Lewis appeared in many films and television shows, showcasing his talents in projects such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” where he played a fictionalized version of himself. He also wrote several books, including memoirs and collections of essays.

Throughout his career, Richard Lewis remained a beloved figure in the comedy world, admired for his unique voice, sharp wit, and candid reflections on the human condition. His legacy inspires comedians and entertainers to embrace vulnerability and find humor in life’s awkward moments. His quote –

“Life is a series of awkward moments, so you might as well embrace them and make them funny.”

- summarizes a philosophy about the nature of life and the importance of humor in navigating its complexities. Let’s break down its meaning and explore how it encourages us to not take ourselves too seriously.

Embracing Imperfection

Life is unpredictable and filled with instances that don’t go as planned. These moments often stem from our imperfections, mistakes, or unexpected circumstances. Rather than resisting or being embarrassed by them, Lewis suggests embracing them. By accepting that gracelessness is a natural part of the human experience, we can alleviate the pressure to appear flawless and instead accept our flaws.



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·