I have had the pleasure of knowing Cole Brown for the past 15 years as he has grown into his roles as a writer, speaker, pastor, and stand-up comedian. In this episode of Getting Work To Work, we dive right into talking about our mutual love for 80s wrestling, Cole’s decision to learn another language by immersing himself and his family in a new culture, why he started doing stand-up comedy in Spanish, and the importance of honoring the strength of the youth and the wisdom of the old.

Several quotes from this episode:

  • “I have to learn a language; I can’t demand that other people learn my language so that I can help them.”
  • “It was actually, for lack of a better phrase, an existential crisis to go from living in the states and all my giftings being tied to communication…and then I get down [to Mexico] and I can no longer do all of the things that I’ve done for how many years of my life. My pride struggled. Who am I? What am I supposed to do?”
  • “No matter what country I’m in and no matter what language I’m in, the fears that I used to feel around—I could call them performance-based fears of wanting to be seen as competent and wanting to do the best job possible—they have completely disappeared.”
  • “I refuse to write books, blogs, articles, any of that stuff just to produce content. It has to be something that is burning in my heart that I just want to get off my chest.”
  • “Comedy at its core is pointing out things that are not as they ought to be.”
  • “I am 100% aware that I am immeasurably wiser today than I was when I was 25. And I am also very aware that I am immeasurably weaker and more exhausted than I was when I was 25.”
  • “Our biggest weakness in America is that we look to the young as though not only do they have the strength, but they have the wisdom. And the older folks we write off as not having anything to offer. They’re irrelevant. I think that’s very dangerous.”

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