Chris Hardwick is a stand-up comedian, podcaster, television host, actor and geek icon. His Nerdist Podcast, in which he and his pals interview celebrities and creative people, is one of my favourites.

This quote is taken from Hardwick’s memoir/self-help book The Nerdist Way: How to Reach The Next Level (in Real Life). In the book, Hardwick shares how he levelled-up and seized control of his own mind. He landed a gig as an MTV host at 22 but admits he was not prepared for the world of show business. What followed were “several years of laziness, drinking and f**kups.” By the time he was 30, Hardwick was overweight, drank too much, had bad credit and little work prospects. He decided to do something about it, got sober, got in shape and devoted himself to improving his life (you can compare ‘Chubby Chris’ to ’New and Improved Chris’ in this blog post he wrote). He went on to start the incredibly successful Nerdist empire, and today is a stand-up comedian, TV host and pretty much the King of all pop-culture.

So what actually is a Nerdist? Taken from The Nerdist Way:

There are Nerds, and then there are Nerdists. A Nerdist is, more specifically, an artful Nerd. He or she doesn’t just consume, he or she creates and innovates. Freelancers, game designers, graphic designers, DMs (Dungeon Masters), musicians, artists, crafties, and writers are all examples of Nerdists. Yes, we obsess over things, but we are also driven to produce stuff. It may not be surprising, then, that I refer to Nerdists as “creative obsessives.” The technology explosion in the Information Age has allowed us to flourish, whereas even as recently as fifteen years ago we would have had to get jobs that devoured our souls and pooped them out into little cubes, with little recourse for pursuing our Nerdly passions in any professional capacity. OUR TIME IS NOW.

Can I get an ‘Amen’?

RELATED COMICS: Kevin Smith – It Costs Nothing to Encourage an Artist. Jim Henson – A Puppeteer’s Advice. Amy Poehler – Great People Do Things Before They’re Ready.

Thanks to Patty Marvel for submitting this quote.