Do you perceive certain goals as so far out of reach, that you don’t even feel the need to try? It is especially difficult to try something that has never been done before, because you have no frame of reference. I find that when I see someone else I can relate to getting results, it is a good motivator and indicator that it is possible to achieve the same thing.
I recently heard Seth Rogan(Knocked up, Green Hornet, Neighbors) tell a story about how he got into script writing. We all watch movies, but never imagine opening the right doors to be able to have your own creation on the silver screen. It is an overwhelming thought. Seth grew up in Vancouver, where most Hollywood movies are shot. He was always surrounded by movie productions, and also grew up in an era in which a lot of independent film makers were seeing their creations get picked up by large production companies.
Writing movies was only a hobby and a pipe dream. But when he saw independent film makers getting recognition, and achieving success(like Kevin Smith with his movie” Clerks”), it made the pipe dream a reality. Seth started co-writing the movie “Superbad”, which would eventually get turned down by several studios, year after year. All it took was one “yes”.
The moral of the story is, “Superbad” wouldn’t have existed if he didn’t think it was possible to begin with. Anything is possible. You just need to start doing it. All the elements will eventually fall into place as the journey progresses. It is amazing how when you change your thought pattern, it sets an internal GPS destination to an eventual end goal.
My recent post “Create Your Own Luck“, has a similar situation in which actor Jason Segal(Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppet Movie) was not getting the roles in movies he wanted, so he started to write his own scripts, then cast himself as the lead. Opportunities aren’t going to fall on your door steps. You need to throw several lines into the water until one of them bites.
Several decades ago, distance runners ran a mile in over 10 minutes. The 9 minute mile was never a reality, because nobody had done it yet. It was assumed that humans we incapable of running at such a pace, until that goal was accomplished by one individual. Once the other athletes saw this as a reality, it wasn’t long before they all set new training goals, and the 9 minute mile became the bench mark for competitive runners.
Using templates set forth by people who have walked that path before are fantastic. It’s a way to learn and progress more efficiently, but avoiding mistakes others have made in the past. There is a how-to book, YouTube video, or blog post on just about every topic in existence. Whatever it is you want to accomplish, find out if someone has done it first. If they have, how did they do it? Now do it better! If it hasn’t been done before, then there is a first time for everything. Go find it!
Rory Gardiner They say if you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life.
Singer/Songwriter/Author/Entrepreneur/Comedian/Lactose Intolerant Rory Gardiner has seen the success of his compositions published and performed by other artists, as well as songs licensed and synched in TV advertisements airing daily throughout North America.
Rory has appeared on multiple CMT(Country Music Television) nationally broadcasted reality shows in Canada, and keeps a busy 100+ shows a year touring schedule.
Rory has recently released his first country music children’s record “Yee-Haw” on iTunes, influenced by becoming a parent himself. The album has already been awarded a “Parents Choice Award”, and Rory states “I can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us next!”