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Eddie Murphy talks about spirituality affecting his life positively

Eddie Murphy: Always Start The Day By Saying That You've Already Won

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Everyone’s favorite actor, businessperson, mom and cultural icon, Drew Barrymore is creating an army of optimism and she’s looking for recruits! You heard it right. This 2021, celebrate we-time with your friends and family in an exciting dose of cheer and inspiration from the endearing ‘Charlie’s Angels’ sensation in ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’.

Drew Barrymore’s guest Eddie Murphy, on her show needs no introduction. A writer, singer, host and America’s funniest man, Eddie has been entertaining the world with laughs for over three decades.

Eddie Murphy talks about spirituality affecting his life positively

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Drew Barrymore: I was reading how you are a spiritual person and centered and that you avoided some of the pitfalls in life because of spirituality. Is that true?

Eddie Murphy: Yes, I am very grounded and spiritual and that’s just my connection with God. Being a young person in this business is like you have to navigate through a minefield. There are so many ways you could destroy yourself. A lot of people I have seen destroy themselves. A lot of my contemporaries like Michael Jackson, Prince and Whitney, the people who came on the scene the same age as I am, they had a self-destructive thing going on. That’s my biggest blessing that I got started real early and I knew what I wanted to do and I was really young and I learnt to love myself and never hated myself or beat up myself. I have always been my biggest fan.

Eddie advices Drew on self love and appreciation

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Drew Barrymore: What would you say to someone who struggles with self-love? I’m asking for myself because I love and respect myself but I fall off the wagon with total self-flagellation like being too hard and not meeting my own expectations. Do you have any advice for me?

Eddie Murphy: It’s an inward search and its personal and it’s just between you and you and not let outside stuff, anything which is not positive or constructive, affect you. You have to train yourself to turn away from it when negative stuff comes in. You’re here and you’re blessed means that you’ve already won. So, there’s no time for the negative energy. In your case, you should do a victory dance every morning and call it the Drew Barrymore victory dance. Always start the day by saying that you’ve already won and take the most out of everything.

Eddie Murphy talks about grounding himself after successful hits in the 80’s

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Drew Barrymore: I feel like the world’s biggest winner right now to hear such salient advice from someone I have so much respect for and in 1982 when we did Saturday Night Live together, you had done so many movies by then. You had such a succession of these epic films and you were so young. Do you ever come down from those periods of time when you have hits after hits and you’re working a lot?

Eddie Murphy: I’ll tell you what happened to me. I had it all the way together for years and years and then what happened with movies is that they started offering you so much money to do stuff that I wound up doing everything. So, I ended up doing a bunch of movies like that and then I got to where I stopped having fun and making movies and so I had to take time off. In 2011, I stopped working for like eight years, I just stopped making movies and that’s when I had some really quiet time and got re-centered. I started thinking that if I wanted to do something it’s because I really want to be doing it. I got it all back together.

Eddie Murphy calls himself and drew ‘not stinky’ for having been in the industry for too long

Drew Barrymore: I have been working for a very long time and so have you but we’re still here and we’re still going.

Eddie Murphy: I say that we should do the victory dance. We’re in the business where people come and go. Every five years, there’s a bunch of new faces and nobody’s been in this business for as long as you and me. I think that means that we’re not stinky. It’s been firmly established that we’re not stinky

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