Hip is short-term, earnest is long term

girl wearing mask

Hip? Earnest? What is behind your mask?

I’ll take an earnest person over a hip person every time, because hip is short-term. Earnest is long-term.

Earnestness is highly underestimated. It comes from the core, while hip is trying to impress you with the surface.

“Hip” people love parodies. But there’s no such thing as a timeless parody, is there? I have more respect for the earnest guy who does something that can last for generations, and that hip people feel the need to parody.


by Randy Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008)
from The Last Lecture
Chapter: Earnest Is Better Than Hip
Image – LollyKnit

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6 Responses to “Hip is short-term, earnest is long term”

  1. Juanita Says:

    I’m busy reading his book 🙂 He was an amazing man.

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    Sometimes I listen to him on YouTube when I’m stuck – and then I forget why I thought I was stuck.

  3. JD Webb Says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for this

  4. E. A. Able Says:

    You’re welcome 🙂

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