Don’t mind me, I’m just trying to get your attention

Carlin famously said that you can’t be the fastest gun in town forever. 

There comes a time when you’re no longer the golden boy, and you have to go off somewhere and figure yourself out. 

What’s interesting is, some people do just that, and come back guns blazing looking for blood. They kill a man before breakfast just to work up an appetite. 

But some people move away from the spotlight and discover that working humbly and quietly is profoundly refreshing and exquisitely relaxing. It’s fulfilling in a different way. Because you’re operating from a heart space where you’ve already scratched your ego itches, both to the point of satisfaction and scabbing, thus successfully conquered your need to conquer the world. 

Realizing to yourself:

Wait, who cares if I’m the graying prince of a shrinking kingdom? Who cares if my golden goose is done laying eggs? Who cares if this is all just one big circus where everybody’s trying not to go home? There must be more to life than being the center of attention. There must be better goals than being the object of everybody’s fascination.

And not that we shouldn’t drop a few bombs from time to time just to let the world know that we can still run fast when we want to. But nobody can carry the torch forever. 

Seinfeld once performed a comedy concert at my college, during which a student asked him if he planned on writing another network television show. 

Absolutely not. I’m old, I’m tired and I’m rich. Spongebob has the spotlight now. Let that little bastard work his ass off for a few decades. 

We should all strive to arrive at such a level of wholeness. That blissful state of being in which the inner applause is enough for us.


Will you still need the spotlight once you learn how to shine from within?

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Scott Ginsberg

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Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.

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