“You can either have success or revenge, but you can’t have both.”— Terry Crews
Terry Crews (@terrycrews) can do it all: author, action-movie hero, sitcom star, children’s book illustrator, advertising pitchman, playable video game character, talent show host, high-end furniture designer, and human rights activist. The list goes on and on.
Terry’s new memoir is Tough: My Journey to True Power. In it, he chronicles the story of how he went from being a six-year-old boy with a goofy, toothless smile to being utterly selfish and angry to being a man who can finally acknowledge his own weaknesses and vulnerabilities and use his experiences to help motivate those around him.
Terry has starred as a series regular in three consecutive TV series that have surpassed the coveted 100-episode mark: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Are We There Yet?, and Everybody Hates Chris. Terry is set to star in Tales of the Walking Dead and hosts NBC’s top-rated alternative series America’s Got Talent and its spin-offs, AGT Champions and AGT Extreme.
He recently added yet another title, children’s book illustrator, to his resume for his first-of-its-kind augmented reality book, Come Find Me. Terry’s Crew is Terry’s latest children’s lit entry, a graphic novel set to be released in November 2022. Terry’s Crew provides insight into his childhood in Michigan and what it was like trying to find his place. In 2021, Terry and his wife, Rebecca King Crews, released an exclusive Audible audiobook, Stronger Together, sharing the staggering ups and downs of their relationship and how they have weathered the myriad crises that have rocked their marriage.
Terry, a lifelong artist, released his furniture collection with Bernhardt Designs in 2017, which premiered at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and was awarded the prestigious “Best of NeoCon 2017.”
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Want to find out what Terry Crews and I talked about the last time he was on the show? Have a listen to our conversation in which we discussed Terry’s art background, the vow that got Terry through his teenage years, maintaining optimism through tough times, the consequences of competition on creativity and overall success, advice for new and expecting parents, letting go of relationships and old friendships that have run their course, coping with self-induced anxiety, and much more.
SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- Connect with Terry Crews:
- Tough: My Journey to True Power by Terry Crews | Amazon
- Come Find Me by Ken Harvey and Terry Crews | Amazon
- Terry’s Crew by Terry Crews and Cory Thomas | Amazon
- Stronger Together: How Fame, Failure, and Faith Transformed Our Lives by Terry Crews and Rebecca King Crews | Audible
- Terry Crews Collection | Bernhardt Design
- Terry Crews | IMDb
- Terry Crews — How to Have, Do, and Be All You Want | The Tim Ferriss Show #287
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine | Prime Video
- Tales of the Walking Dead Terry Crews, Parker Posey, Jillian Bell | The Hollywood Reporter
- Intermittent Fasting 101 — The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide | Healthline
- Walter Isaacson on CRISPR, Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race | The Tim Ferriss Show #503
- The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson | Amazon
- Discovery of DNA Double Helix: Watson and Crick | Scitable
- James Watson Has a Remarkably Long History of Sexist, Racist Public Comments | Vox
- DNA Pioneer James Watson Loses Honorary Titles Over Racist Comments | Smithsonian Magazine
- The Last Dance | Netflix
- Michael Jordan’s “And I Took That Personally” | Know Your Meme
- What’s Behind Self-Righteous Attitudes? | PsychCentral
- Terry Crews Says His Porn Addiction Almost Cost Him His Marriage | Men’s Health
- The Twelve Steps | Alcoholics Anonymous
- The Serenity Prayer and Twelve Step Recovery | Hazelden Betty Ford
- Payback – The Director’s Cut | Amazon
- Death Wish | Prime Video
- Wrath Of Man | Prime Video
- Taken | Prime Video
- Man on Fire | Prime Video
- Will Smith–Chris Rock Slapping Incident | Wikipedia
- Psychological Counseling Services, Ltd.
- Terry Crews Says ‘I Will Not Be Shamed’ as He Shares Details of Alleged Sexual Assault | People
- Ralph Waldo Emerson: “God Will Not Have His Work Made Manifest by Cowards.” | Goodreads
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl | Amazon
- “Competition Is the Opposite of Creativity.” | Terry Crews, Twitter
- Terry Crews’ Secret to Creativity | SiriusXM
- Terry Crews Defends His ‘Black Lives Matter’ Stance | ET Canada
- Internet Is Surprised That Terry Crews Is Also a Talented Artist | Bored Panda
- How Long Did Terry Crews Play in the NFL? | Sportskeeda
- The Cult That Inspired “Drink the Kool-Aid” Didn’t Actually Drink Kool-Aid | Vox
- Standing on the Shoulders of Giant Jerks (Like Nobel Prize Winners James Watson and William Shockley) | Vice
- Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Advice (1960) | Genius
- Hollywood life isn’t all glamorous red carpets and spotlights. What does an average working day look like for Terry, and what supplemental duty has he had to push back against? [07:43]
- A lot of busy people don’t get around to reading one or two books a week, but for Terry, it makes being busy all the more possible. [13:36]
- What are some realizations about success that have come to Terry while reading Walter Isaacson’s The Code Breaker and watching the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance? [15:04]
- What’s the biggest mistake a lot of people make — in every walk of life — that causes the most amount of unnecessary suffering? [19:29]
- How did Terry break himself of the habit of “victimology?” What initiated the event his family now refers to as “the D-Day moment,” and why did he carry a lifelong aversion to therapy that could have possibly helped him sooner? [23:32]
- What you should be prepared to do without if you’re intent on living life as if you’re in a revenge movie, and what Terry did to regain control of his own actions instead of defaulting to chaos. [33:52]
- Terry shares real-life examples that demonstrated — to his family as well as himself — that he could break destructive, impulsive patterns of behavior in favor of positive, responsible ones. [42:35]
- How endurance plays into the way Terry demonstrates strength these days compared to how he expressed it in his earlier, more bombastic iteration. [53:35]
- Why Terry believes the world determines winners way too early — and what we should be doing instead. [56:35]
- How can competition be the opposite of creativity if resistance is crucial to growth? Terry explains. [58:58]
- Terry’s thoughts on protest movements that don’t begin with the aim of reconciliation. [1:02:44]
- Terry illustrates why he really is a category of one — even when he sometimes lapses in the midst of trying to live his most teachable life. [1:05:04]
- Genius words from a (Thelonius) Monk, Terry’s war with cynicism, and other parting thoughts. [1:12:43]
MORE TERRY CREWS QUOTES FROM THE INTERVIEW
“If I lose my focus, I could lose my career.”
— Terry Crews
“Even when you’ve succeeded, when you’ve got this thing, you’re still starting at day one. Every day.”
— Terry Crews
“When you are self-righteous, you can now do the most heinous, inhuman things to other people, because you feel right.”
— Terry Crews
“You can either have success or revenge, but you can’t have both.”
— Terry Crews
“The greatest boxers in the world took punches.”
— Terry Crews
“The world really, really determines winners way too early. … But most of these people don’t end up winning long-term.”
— Terry Crews
“Competition is the opposite of creativity.”
— Terry Crews
“Any movement that doesn’t start with reconciliation, I don’t want any part of. We have to reconcile. We have to reconcile men to women. We have to reconcile black to white. We have to reconcile Republican to Democrat. We have to reconcile. That’s the first rule. Because if we don’t, what you’re doing is postponing a war. That’s all you’re doing.”
— Terry Crews
“I’m at war with cynicism. I’ve decided to be positive and be hopeful and believe the best about every human being.”
— Terry Crews
- Rebecca King Crews
- Yves Behar
- Jaime Hayon
- Ross Lovegrove
- Walter Isaacson
- Jennifer Doudna
- James Watson
- Francis Crick
- Michael Jordan
- Terry Crews, Sr.
- Chris Rock
- Will Smith
- Ari Emanuel
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- George Foreman
- Muhammad Ali
- Viktor Frankl
- Thelonious Monk
- John Coltrane
- William Shockley
- Jim Jones
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