In a post-“Yes We Can”-world, Litteljohn sees the site’s optimistic message as a reflection of the spirit of our times. Instead of celebrating “complete ignorance, absent mindedness, and stupidity,” we can rejoice in “people who have done freaking amazing, killer things.” Considering we are in the midst of a devastating recession, that must mean FailBlog expresses the reality of our times.
Nonetheless, Littlejohn remains hopeful, and details the key to SUCCEED. “This will probably sound cliche,” he warns, “but if you look at the SucceedBlog and what has made it up there, you’ll see a true succeed is when someone is super passionate about something and did something they love. What came out of that was a succeed.”
If your dream is to make golden retriever styled hair, then make golden retriever-styled hair. You will have succeeded.
“There’s this philosophy that people think about, how great art comes from pain. But if you really follow that through, they’re turning that pain into passion and their passion is what they love,” he says with the earnestness of a motivational speaker. “Their passion is what makes that novel or that great debut album a succeed. The only thing you can try to do in life if you want to make succeeds is to do that freaking one weird thing you want to do, and it’ll be a succeed.”
“I think it’s a fun little positive life anthem,” he adds. Littlejohn no longer works a 100 hour per week job in advertising. Two months ago, he “pulled the cord” and has been living his life on the sunny beach of Costa Rica.