Most of you probably remember Steve Martin as that “wild and crazy guy” from SNL, the father from Parenthood, or the writer of such hits as Shopgirl and An Object of Beauty. Recently, I learned he wrote a memoir describing how he rose to success. His story, while unique, shares a likeliness to many other star actors, famous writers, celebrity artists, and successful entrepreneurs.
“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
-Steve Martin, actor, writer, and comic.
These words from the performer are profound. Focus on one thing, and be as good as you can at it.
This advice sounds remarkably similar to the Tyler Perry article I shared last week.
Martin and Perry, huge successes in their fields, remind us to be diligent about purpose. Whether you want to be a writer, musician, chef, or stockbroker, be it. Do it. Live it. Breathe it.
Some of us have so many logs in the fire it takes a connection to the Alaskan pipeline to keep it stoked. Some of us feel we have to keep many balls in the air to pay our mortgages, send our kids to college, and meet the deadlines of a demanding world. Some want the right job; others need a job right now.
It all starts with conviction.
Theodore Roosevelt told us, “believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Perry told us the same thing.
If you’re looking to breakout, the advice from these successful people speaks volumes.