I assert that deep down inside, held hostage by your ego, hidden behind “I wanna be a star,” and just around the corner from “I wanna be stinking rich,” you have a burning desire to make your own personal contribution to our industry and the world. Perhaps you think the only thing that prevents you from really making a difference are your circumstances. If you only had more money, you would do more philanthropic work. Or, as soon as you find more time, you’ll get involved in those specific community affairs that tug at your heartstrings. In my 40 years in showbiz, I have learned that “If only” and “as soon as” are the best excuses we artists & treps can come up with to forestall the responsibility of playing bigger.
Tim Ferriss said: “It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for mediocre. Therefore, the level of competition is fiercest for realistic goals.”
It’s time to give up the notion of waiting for your life to turn out before you up your game. It’s time to take a stand that showbiz is your dharma, your purpose in life, and pledge to do your best work—honestly, and with integrity. It’s also time to promise yourself to remain conscious and vigilant regarding the pettiness in our awesome industry and commit to doing exceptional work that will set an example for all of us to follow.
Truth is, what you are seeking is also seeking you. The world is now waiting for people like you to start being the extraordinary artist you said you’d be, and doing all the extraordinary things you said you would do someday!
Important because This simple shift in your POV may be the only piece missing in moving your career to the next level and achieving your wildest dreams.