Today’s focus, How long? In Born Standing Up: A comic’s life, Steve Martin gave us his Learning Formula–in his 18 years as a stand up comic, 10 years were spent learning, 4 years refining and 4 years in wild success.
Clients often ask, “How long will this coaching take, how long will it take to become a good leader or, (my favorite) how long does personal development take?”
We all want instant results and early success. The fact is success is synonymous with hard work. In this book, Steve Martin describes “bumps in the road” and “less than ideal conditions” and how once he was told in so many words that his performing was “nowhere.”
Steve looks back on success and writes, I was seeking originality and fame fell on me as a by-product. It was more plodding than heroic. More plodding than heroic. Now that’s REAL life!
My take aways:
- Hard work is essential; you wouldn’t call it success otherwise.
- The journey is as important, if not more so than the success.
- We simply cannot listen to ill-advised “negaholics” who pick every idea and performance apart.
- You don’t know until you try and you’ll never know if you give up.
What to do:
- Select a vocation/avocation that you can embrace, live and breathe without having to “tolerate” the work.
- Prepare for setbacks and view them as necessary learning.
- Act! Experience is still the best teacher.