EVERYONE WANTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL UNTIL THEY SEE WHAT IT TAKES.
Are you ready for success? So many aspiring actors want to be famous and successful and they want to that success now. Often they aren’t prepared to put in the hard yards to get there. More often than not they don’t realize that the journey of the actor is much like the journey of a professional athlete.
In his book The Art of Learning, Josh Waitzkin suggests that, at this point, most begin to question “if ambitions spells probable disappointment why pursue excellence?”
The answer of course is the day-to-day enjoyment of the process. With out this enjoyment of developing the craft can seem like a pointless task.
Dr Carol Dweck , a leading research in the field of developmental psychology, discovered that children who associate success with hard work tend to have a “mastery orientated” response to challenging situations, while children who see themselves as just plain smart or dumb at something never “learned helplessness” orientation.
Are you mastery orientated or when challenged do you more often than not feel helpless?
Waitzkin goes on to explain, in his experience, successful people shoot for the stars, but their hearts on the line in every battle and ultimately discover that the lessons learned from the pursuit of excellence mean much more than the immediate success or glory.
Each year at graduation I introduced the graduating class as the bravest people I know. And each year I mean what I say. I know how much they have risked every day in order to get where they are with the craft. I also know not many people do that in their lifetimes, afraid of the probable disappointment.
So what does it take to be successful?
- The patience to work as slowly as is necessary to achieve not just competence but pure mastery
- The humility to keep getting it wrong until you get it right.
- The determination to do what ever it takes.
- The clarity to see the opportunities as opposed to the obstacles.
- The bravery to take risks every day.
- The belief that you are a sure thing.
- The stamina and a sound relationship with delayed gratification to ensure you are committed over the long haul.
- The inner strength to not take it personally.
- The flexibility of a growth mindset.
Are you prepared to train like a professional athlete and give it everything you’ve got? Are you prepared to commit over the long haul? Is it the day-to-day enjoyment of the process that “fires you up”? Challenging yourself and growing yourself.
If the answer is yes, let’s get to work. I can guarantee you the journey will not be an easy one but it will be a rewarding one and you will learn much along the way about yourself and the craft.
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