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Passion Emerges From Action, Not Contemplation

Miguel Hernandez of Grumo Media and I have swapped some really good communications recently. Super sharp guy, he sent this observation and question to me -

Here is a suggestion for a future post for you. Today I met with a friend who has been friends with the [recently very successful movie director] for many years. He noticed I got some attention from Ashton Kutcher and is convinced that my career is going to skyrocket too (he is dreaming of course) and I am going to become yet another of his friends that "makes it" and he doesn't.

He is a hilarious dude and very talented movie editor and wants to succeed and make a difference on this world, like all of us really. Today he took me out for lunch to pick my brain a little and get some advice. He had a great point which I totally agree with. Here it is:

So I keep saying that to succeed you have to welcome failure and keep trying continuously. But that really works if you actually have an idea of what your passions are. The problem, the big problem most of the world have is that most people don't have a clue of what is that passion for them.

I have had that problem myself, well, my problem is that I always had too many passions and wanted to do everything which is fun but also dilutes your chances to be very good at something specifically.

Work advice via Jim Carrey and George Clooney

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I watched The Truman Show yesterday. If you haven’t seen it yet (where have you been? its 15 years old!) then be prepared for some spoilers in this post.

It’s the story of a 30 year old man initially unaware his life is a reality TV show who then begins to question things and embarks on a quest to uncover the truth. One of the best parts of the film for me is when the Producer of the show is interviewed and asked ‘Why do you think Truman has never come close to discovering the true nature of his world until now’ to which his reply is ‘We accept the reality of the world in which live in’. Surprisingly deep for a Jim Carrey film…

The reason this resonated so much with me this week is as I received some great responses from my last post about dating. I even had someone private message asking if I was being satirical! (For the record, it was all me being completely honest.) The most thought provoking was a text from a friend who asked if my next article could be about my thoughts on the whole life to work / work to live balance using some of my previous advice.

How the hell does this relate to The Truman Show I hear you ask? Well it’s pretty simple. The film reminded me that a lot of people accept the world in which they live in, whereas actually there is a whole world of possibilities out there if we just took some time to believe in ourselves.

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