With every promising new opportunity that arises, a set of sneaky beliefs always spout anew.
Assuring you that this interview, this relationship, this project, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. This is thee thing that is going to change everything and set you free and take you to the next level.
But as a veteran screenwriter friend of mine once warned me:
Most of the time, you’re just part of a rote series of meetings because people want to feel good about themselves and make their bosses happy. They are not going to call you back. They are not going to hire you. They are going to go away. And each of those doors that you don’t walk through is going to close forever.
Is he cynical? Is he paranoid? Is he crazy?
No. He is experienced.
Twenty years in the business tell him that opportunity is a decision that is his to make, and not some event that depends on something else happening in the future.
Twenty years in the business tell him that there is no nagging doubt about the road not taken and the opportunities missed, only the path he’s on now.
Twenty years in the business tell him that he can never have what others have, no matter how much he puts his noses to the grindstone.
All he can do is create things that are as interesting as he is. All he can do is write his own rules and own his process and execute with all his might and not worry if people like or even notice final product.
Because the point isn’t for everyone to love him, the point is for everything to be expressed by him. Everything else is just noise.
That is the ideal by which he judges the opportunities of his life.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What’s your ideal?
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