April 7th, 2010
So what one word do you think represents your springboard to success?
Were you thinking “luck”?
Yes – luck or karma or good fortune has a role to play.
And . . .
To illustrate that one magic word, here’s a story.
Some years ago, actress Jane Seymour and her husband James Keach (also an actor) experienced something she called a “devastating change.” At a time when a threatened actors’ strike hung over the industry, television network executives changed their approach. They dropped made-for-TV movies in favor of what is now called “reality television.” Suddenly, Jane and James found themselves with little or no work!
So what do you do with a devastating change?
I know someone who just repeats bitter comments about how the music industry has changed and how she can’t make a living trying to sell CDs.
On the other hand, I have purchased songs at iTunes after stumbling across new songs on YouTube.com. A number of artists put original work on YouTube.com. For example, the song (and video) “United Breaks Guitars” gained over 8.3 million views on YouTube.com (as of this writing). The singer/songwriter Dave Carroll brought himself to the attention of millions of people via YouTube.com and many news media outlets. That’s called “jump starting your career!”
Drop bitterness and find something else. [Yes that magic word for your success is just about to be mentioned in this article!]
Back to Jane Seymour’s story:
At that time, Jane served as a spokesperson for the Red Cross. Soon she and her husband made a short documentary. And after that, her experience was: “We have reinvented ourselves as producers of documentaries and we’re the ones doing reality television! . . . I had to figure our where I fit in the new scheme of things . . . Movies were no longer the only choice for either of us. [As producers of documentaries] we’re trying to leave a legacy that’s not just about Oscars and Emmys — and it’s wonderfully fulfilling and so much more fun and meaningful!”
Jane Seymour’s above story points us to the one magic word for your success:
(drum roll, please): flexibility.
So are you able to be flexible for the surprises that life throws in your path?
I have friends who seek comfort. And sometimes they get it. (Other times, they waste time lamenting something that won’t come back.)
It’s your choice.
Yes, you can grieve — and take forward steps.
What is your question?
* How can I try to keep things the same?
(Ever try to hold back the ocean?)
or you can try this question:
How may I serve — and have fun in the process?
At nine years old, I thought I’d only be a filmmaker.
Over the years, I sang in a band, wrote songs and instrumental music, directed feature films, acted in feature films and commercials, taught graduate students,
did stunts (Ever hang by your fingertips from the hood of a truck at 56 miles an hour? . . . I don’t recommend it)
gave speeches across the United States, made thousands of dollars selling products through the Internet, snorkeled in the Bahamas (now that’s a story), coached CEOs on their speeches, experienced a miracle, wrote 9 books . . .
What’s next? We’ll see!
Now, it’s your turn: Are you willing to express your flexibility?
America’s Communication Coach
Author of Nothing Can Stop You This Year – free chapter at http://bit.ly/8zQywm
Truth No One Will Tell You: How to Feed Your Soul, Save a Business, or Get a Job During an Economic Crisis — free chapter at http://bit.ly/8RTRk5
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