Eddie Murphy shows you how to talk about your work

If you've been watching it, the season Finale of "The Undoing" just aired.

Many of the scenes in the series take place in an archetypal New York City “old money apartment."

These are like no apartments most of us have ever seen.

Most of them were built in the 1920s when insanely rich New Yorkers began moving into high rises but wanted a mansion feel.

John D. Rockefeller's triplex, for example, boasted 37 rooms over 20,000 square feet.

It was designed by a Sicilian immigrant named Rosario Candela.

In certain New York circles, owning a "Candela" means you've just built your nest in the tip top branches of the money tree.

Candela excelled at creating the look, feel and proportion of a mansion inside a brick box and designed many of the most prestigious buildings in the city.

Which is why 100 years later Candela co-op apartments sell for 10, 20 and 30 million.

Candela had an unusual hobby. He was a cryptographer.

He wrote two books on the subject, taught a class in cryptography at Hunter college and worked for the US government as a codebreaker during the second World War.

Some say this gift for creating and solving puzzles is what made it possible for him to create his amazing interiors. They were merely a puzzle.

Not everyone understands or even cares about architecture, old money or the NYC building code in the 1920s.

But everyone has experienced the challenge of a puzzle and the satisfaction of solving one.

When you use an analogy or a metaphor to make it easier for people to understand what you do, you give them that same satisfying feeling.

Here I'll show you.

Trading Places was one of my favorite movies growing up.

There are two old money characters, Randolph and Mortimer Duke, just the sort you might expect to live in a place designed by Rosario Candela.

In this scene, the Duke Brothers are explaining what they do for a living.

Their "student," is played by Eddie Murphy.

It doesn't have to sound fancy. In fact it's better if it doesn't.


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