In a recent interview, Jon Stewart explains to Saman Arbabi how he chooses to lives his life just being a decent human being and not letting the fame get to his head.

“People always say, ‘Well, are you an activist?’ and I say, ‘No, I’m not really an activist,’ but if there’s some measure of activism in me, it’s the quiet activism of living pleasantly. That sense of, when you go to a restaurant, the person who’s waiting tables, like, don’t be a dick to them,” Stewart told Arbabi “That mentality, I feel like, I try to infuse in my life and my work, if I can.”

“I’ve worked a lot of shit jobs, and I’ve struggled a lot,” Stewart said. “I think you never lose, that person is always with you, to let you know that you’re not so great. I’ve been fired enough to know that that person is still in me, and that I have to work harder and get better.”

If only everyone had this mentality.