Kevin Hart’s Motivational Audible Original, ‘Monsters and How to Tame Them’, Debuts SEPTEMBER 15 EXCLUSIVELY ON AUDIBLE
MONSTERS AND HOW TO TAME THEM: TAKING CHARGE OF THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD, AN AUDIBLE ORIGINAL BY KEVIN HART AND NEIL STRAUSS, DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 15 EXCLUSIVELY ON AUDIBLE
You’ve seen Kevin Hart rule the stand-up circuit. You’ve watched him take over Hollywood. You’ve even seen him slay the New York Times best-seller list. Now he’s going to help you own your monsters in this audio-only motivational release.
You’ve heard stories about vampires, zombies, and ghosts. Now it’s time to meet some of the monsters that haunt your mind. Kevin will introduce you to Control Monster, or the need to control everyone and everything around you that ultimately limits your chance to grow. Then there’s Comparison Monster. This one makes you compare yourself to others, causing irrational jealousy. You’ll also meet Approval Monster, that nagging feeling deep down inside you that just wants likes and approval from the entire world, which leads to endless emptiness.
If you’re afraid of these monsters and more lurking around every dark corner, let Kevin, the monster hunter, show you how to train those bad tendencies we all have in the recesses of our minds. But first, you’ll have to look and see who or what is hiding under your bed. Kevin’s got you. Now get them.
Kevin Hart on getting caught cheating:
“The first thing that should have completely broken the monster spells was when I got caught cheating. Yeah, I said it. I got caught. Everybody knows, it’s not like it’s a f*cking secret. That should have woken me up right there. That right there should have changed my life to the point where everything was crystal clear. I only woke halfway up. It was like I was in the movie, you know that movie, Inception. The guys just rolls up to the next level in a dream world, and in the event of infidelity, do you get better? Of course. You do get better. Buy you got to face your partner, you got to be honest, you got to own up to the actions. It’s agonizing. The mind comes out of it saying things like damn, I was an idiot…I’m never doing this again…I’m never going to a strip club again…What was I thinking…I’m never going out…I’m never gonna look a woman in the eye…I ain’t shaking no more hands, no more hugs, no more hellos coming from me. I love my wife. I can’t risk losing my family. I can’t do that. No, no, no no, no. But that’s only half of the problem. Because you don’t realize how other surrounding factors put you in a position to do it in the first place. The Not Me Monsters deny, the Approval Monsters desire for attention, the Me First Monster is selfishness. That’s the real reason why you found yourself in that position.”
Hart on a conversation with Will Smith that helped him haunt his monster:
“One of the most amazing A’s that helped me haunt and retrain my Me First monster was a conversation with Will Smith, who’s one of the most brilliant people I know, by the way. We’ve been through a lot of the same shit. We walked through some fires, somehow made it out with no severe burns. We got to talking about fatherhood and life and success. And he said something that rocked me to my core. He said, ‘You know, Kevin, we’re the same. We’re lions. We can go out and kill and we can kill because that’s what we know how to do. You tell us the flag is over there, we’re gonna go get the flag. Nothing’s gonna stop us from getting the f*cking flag.’ But man, he said ‘I recently had to learn how to care.’ He said, ‘I had to learn how to truly love the ones closest to me because what I thought was love, wasn’t. I thought that teaching my family how to get the flag, how to win, how to kill, was a sign of love. But it wasn’t. The sign of love was listening and understanding.’”
Hart on the most urgent issue on his mind following the accident:
“When you have a debilitating injury or disease, life gets stripped down to the core. It changes the kind of problems you have. The most urgent issue on my mind was no longer how I was going to fit everything into my schedule. Now suddenly it was, ‘Wait, who gonna wipe my ass? Who is going to wipe my ass?’ Imagine that. When’s the last time you had to think twice about wiping your ass. We take wiping our ass for granted. Some of you don’t even wipe good because you take it for f*cking granted. Some of you guys are swipers, swiping your ass, like you ain’t got the time. Ain’t nothing worse than an impatient ass wiper. I gotta get out of here, I don’t got time to wipe my ass correctly. Who does that? Who f*cking does that? Who has that much do that you gotta f*cking Nascar wipe your ass, rushing out with toilet paper on the bottom of your shoe. You didn’t wipe your ass right. Get your nasty ass back in that bathroom and go get two more plys. A mess you are. See, when you’re busy living your life, you don’t have this conversation with yourself because it never crosses your mind. Think about it. Just think about it real quick. If something happened to you – really, honestly, no jokes right now – who’s wiping your ass if you need ass wiping? Do you know how many people don’t have anybody that is willing to step up and wipe their ass? There’s a tremendous amount of people that don’t have anyone.”
Hart on facing his monsters and overcoming the accident:
“When my alarm went off, I woke up in the hospital room. Groggy, confused with no idea of how I got there. My body felt frozen. My memory was a total blank, man. At my bedside, one doctor after another was coming to see me. Top medical experts. Each of them was telling me that I was supposed to be dead. That’s crazy by the way. When you’re laying there, eyes wide awake, but everybody comes to you saying ‘Wow, you’re supposed to be dead.’ But I’m not dead, but ‘you should be.’ I’m not but ‘you should be.’ They couldn’t explain why I was still sitting there having this conversation. Apparently, I was in an accident. A bad one. So bad. Basically, a car went off on the side of the road, went through a wooden fence, rolled off of a f*cking embankment and smashed into a god damn tree. This is all stuff I’m being told. I can’t remember none of this shit. Not one goddamn thing. Crazy thing is when you’re being told what happened, you’re not in the place that it f*cking happened, right? You started looking around for the hidden cameras, it’s got to be a prank. It can’t be f*cking real. ‘Where my friends at? Where is everybody at? This has to be a joke.’ But I soon realized it wasn’t a joke because when I tried to get up, I couldn’t. I couldn’t f*cking move. I had multiple fractures in my spine. I couldn’t move my legs. I couldn’t walk let alone sit up in bed, god damn. How did I get here? But I’m telling you that experience is going to make you stop and think for a minute. Suddenly, all of the noise in my life, all the gigs, all the events, all the messages, all the media buzz, all the hopes, and dreams, well it all fell completely silent. I don’t know if you guys have ever heard that. Have you ever heard real silence? Real silence is when nothing f*cking matters. That’s real silence. For the first time in my life, I was right here and now.”
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