Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory: On the ‘Perfect’ Myth, Criticism, Comparing Successes, and True Confidence

If you know not of The Big Bang Theory, then it is possible you have suffered, in recent years, a quite astonishing bout of amnesia. No, not the scientific theory—you know, about how the world began—but the TV show. If you haven’t watched any of the episodes, then no doubt you will have heard about it. Well, the lead actor in that show is Jim Parsons, who plays the one with the IQ of 187, the boaster, the prodigy, the socially inept, Sheldon Cooper; he is also, incidentally, the subject of today’s show.

It may come as a surprise to you that in real life, Jim is not a theoretical physicist researching quantum mechanics and string theory; and nor, thankfully, is he as socially incapable as the man he plays on the screen. For if he was, this episode would not have been possible—and well, you would have missed out on some powerful words of encouragement and practical advice, minus the usual pontification.

For this role as Sheldon, Jim has received four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

Here is, speaking about the illusion of a perfect time, the problems with comparing success, taking risks, true confidence, and the benefits of critique.

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What is the Success Series Podcast?

The success series podcast is all about the secrets, recipes and philosophies of some of the world’s most famous and successful people—musicians, athletes, actors, actresses, entrepreneurs, authors, painters, investors, philosophers, journalists, scientists, you name it. Each episode is focused on one person, and the several best words of advice they’ve ever spoken, along with a few words of elucidation and commentary from yours truly. Important it is to know, that these podcasts are not interviews done by us; what we do instead is comb the internet platforms for any recordings and audio clips that already exist, review them, and then separate the great from the good, the good from the bad, and then, whatever is left of the wheat, we separate from the chaff.

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