“Sometimes you gotta say ‘What the F_ck'”

I don’t like vulgarity for the sake of vulgarity (cf. most popular movies these days), but this famous quote from “Risky Business” has a legitimate – even important – use. Especially for those of us who tend to be overly cautious or analytical (you know who you are!). Here’s the full quote:

Sometimes you gotta say ‘What the F_ck’, make your move. Joel, every now and then, saying “What the F_ck” brings freedom. Freedom brings opportunity, opportunity makes your future.”

This is not an excuse for illegality or immorality (as it was for Joel) or even a green light for gratuitous profanity. However, sometimes the phrase can provide the psychological push you need to get past your insecurities, fears and other inhibitions and to take beneficial, life-changing action. It can turn motivation from fear into motivation from conviction.

Bad use example: “I’ve never cliff dived before, but what the f_?!” <splat>
Better use example: “The idea of investing in this start-up scares me, but I’ve done the research, due diligence, etc., so what the f_?” <billionaire> 🙂


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