0:20 SECONDS OF INSANE COURAGE (Read time 0:51)
In the Cameron Crow film We Bought A Zoo, Matt Damon’s character has lived a (challenging) life with one credo: “All it takes is 20-Seconds of Insane Courage.” And that’s the one line in the script that stayed with me long after I left the theater, because it’s so incredibly potent.
Entrepreneurs need to drum up 20-seconds of insane courage just before they launch a new product or offer a new service to their customers. Composers need it just before they hand over the final film score to an anticipating director. A writer needs that same courage when he submits the final manuscript (after months of re-writes), and photographers, painters and designers need it when they’re about to present their completed work. An actor certainly needs courage when she reads in front of a critical casting group (especially at the final “call back”), and we all need that 20-seconds of insane courage just before we have to admit we were wrong, made a mistake, or really screwed up.
It takes a courageous character to “choose” the life of an artist or entrepreneur, especially when you know the paycheck may not be steady and your best creative work may be rejected. However, the truth is, when that moment of “do or die” finally arrives, all we really need is 20-Seconds of Insane Courage to knock fear on its ass and send uncertainty scream’n for the exit!
Anyone can muster up 0:20-Seconds of Insane Courage, right?
(If you’d like, go ahead and grab my original artwork and super-glue it to the wall of your creative space!)
|Posted By Queen Sheba|
| Nail... |
On the hammer...or whatever. I'm releasing my first book ever and I'm scared stiff but I keep going. So on time. -Sheba Spoken Word Artist ATL-CLT (if you don't know what CLT is get your airport-code-game up!) Get out of the damn house!
|Posted By JP|
| 20 seconds |
Here's one about the LACK of it. I guy I know from Toronto went to NYC many years ago armed with his demo tape. His mission: he was going to go Arista Records and get it to Clive Davis. He finds the building and gets in the elevator. The doors are closing. A voice shouts "Hold that car!" The guy I know pushes the button and the doors open and Clive Davis rushes into the elevator. "Thanks!" he says. The guy I know is now face to face with Clive Davis and he loses all courage and seizes up, they exchange a few words, CD gets off at his floor and the guy heads back to Canada. I almost cried when he told me this story. Opportunity was staring him in the face and he backed down, the 20 second window, gone.
|Posted By Steven Barry|
| Insane Courage Story |
Years ago I needed to get to a specific A&R person with my song but couldn't get through the gatekeepers. I talked my way to a parking spot underground. Got on the elevator & realized it wasn't going past the main floor without a security card. When the doors were about to open at the main floor guard station. Scared to death, I decided I am going to see this A&R person if it kills me. 20 second courage, I opened my brief case and dropped all the contents on the floor. As I kneeled on the floor to pick up the contents, an employee got in, slide his card and sympathized with my plight. The guards figured I was on my way to work. A&R guy was out of office that day but the assistant to is my friend to this day.
|Posted By Beth|
| Book Now! |
When I first saw this email in my box, I thought 20 seconds is about how long it takes to send a short email to a club or venue attaching your epk & asking for a gig. 20 seconds of courage. And you might actually get the gig, get more fans, get paid, and love it! Good things might happen. They won't if you don't. So muster up your courage and send off that next booking email. It only takes 20 seconds! :),
|Posted By Rachel|
| In insanity ...there is bliss...??? |
Hi Michael! I just took a big leap out of one buisness...told all of my waiting clients I would have a new venue...without having one yet, set a date for the new program...and....whew...in the nick of time...heh heh heh...it is all falling into place ..even better!! have a super day! Rachel
|Posted By Tony De La Rosa|
| 20 golden seconds |
Absolutely yes, and we must act within those 20 seconds or we may lose the courage and start listening to the evil voice of doubt (aka The Resistance)
|Posted By Cherie Yurco|
| Thanks! |
As I was reading the blog post I was thinking, 'Wow, I need to print that out and put it over my computer!' Thanks for making it easy!
|Posted By Jake Kot|
| Right from the get go! |
I believe this 20 second scenario should also be a major consideration for those at that first crucial step of making the "decision to become" whatever it is we choose to be. As an example, we look at our economy and for most, it's easy to fall to "not" following our heart with our life quest as it looks absurd on paper. This is where we could truly utilize this insane 20 seconds, right from ground zero in our decision to become who we truly want, and should be. From that point, maybe we can then strive to make this 20 second thrust a once a week occurrence in our life with business, relationships, whatever...what the hell.
|Posted By Ken Budka|
| Yes |
I can do that.
|Posted By Charlie Cheney|
| Couldn't Agree More |
Yep, 10 years ago when I left a 6 figure job and launched Indie Band Manager I felt that, and last Thursday when I released the new version for iPad, iPhone, and iPod I felt the same way. It's always scary, and it's always rewarding.
|Posted By Doug McKechnie|
| Insane Courage |
So timely. My biz partner and I are on the verge of a life-changing move and your missive is spot-on for screwing up ones courage and taking that leap of faith. It feels like the convergence that occurs when everything is in the right place and happening at the right time. So nice to get conformation from Fate.
|Posted By Rick|
| Type of courage |
"Insane courage?" or "Informed courage?" Or, you can rename them, "Insane faith in yourself?" or "Informed faith in yourself?" To have an "informed" faith or courage doesn't mean that you have to walk the road that many walk. You can take a risk, but it can be a calculated risk. To do that allows you to vary your tactics when running into obstacles.
|Posted By Rami|
| Perfect timing! |
I'm presenting to investors today for my 3rd documentary. I'm freaked out, I hate this part. But no doubt, I'll be able to find 20 seconds of courage when the time comes. Thanks for such a profound message.
|Posted By Steven Saunders|
| Insane Courage |
I need that insane courage every day. However the two times I needed it most was when I quit my (six figure) job to start my own business, and when I sold my condo to pay for it. Iíll never regret either one.