Hello Believe Nation, my name is Evan Carmichael. My one word is Believe and I believe that entrepreneurs are going to solve all of the worlds major problems. So, to help you in your journey today, we’re going to learn how you cannot miss opportunities. And as always, as your watching, if you hear something that really resonates with you, please leave it down in the comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired, and when you write it down, it’s much more likely to stick with yourself as well. Enjoy.
Don’t Miss OPPORTUNITIES!
Many of you have a very small opportunity and you’re not taking advantage of that opportunity because you’re not thinking about the next opportunity. You’re looking at this as small. No, this is the gateway. Like, this is the first one, right? So, you got to ask yourself this question, like, how do you keep that fire? You know how you keep it? You keep putting different opportunities in front of you. You keep setting different opportunities.
Anybody know who this is? Yeah, you should. He in the Big 10. He gave us the business. You should know who he is. Yogi Ferrell. Didn’t get drafted. Didn’t’ get drafted to the NBA. Didn’t get drafted but they just, something happened the other day. The Dallas Mavericks needed a player. They gave my man a 10-day contract. How much did he make? They gave my man $100,000 dollars. How much LeBron making?
A million! They gave my man, “Look for 10 days, we just want you to play for us. “Somebody got hurt. “We are going to bring you in for 10 days.” You know say, you got 10-days. Ride the bench. You know, do your thing, but you only got 10 days. Don’t get your hopes up. My man, be coming in, I’m talkin’ about Trick. Boom. No only three pointers like daggers. Two seconds. Boom. The 10-day contract, they turnin’ this boy about to get a contract.
What are you doing with your opportunity? We all get one. We all get the 10-day contract. But, the question is, will that 10-day contract turn into a year contract? Will it turn into a two year contract? You think Yogi Ferrell is the only one who’s got the opportunity to come from a developmental league and play? Nope. You think other people doing what he doing? Nope. Why? Because they weren’t prepared for it.
What are you doing in the dark? When nobody’s watching? What are you doing in the dark? 10-day contract! But, he didn’t come in and say, “I only got 10 days.” That’s what some of ya’ll on. Oh, since I only got 10 days, I might as well only give 10 days worth of effort. I might as well only give 10 days worth of energy. Yogi Ferrell was like, “I’m about to act like this might be my last shot.
“I’m about to act like I’m starting. “I’m about to act like LeBron. “I’m about to act like Kyrie. “I’m about to act like Steph Curry. “When you put me in the game, I’m tellin’ you, “I’m about to murder ’em.” And at the 10-day, he’s been murderin’ ’em. He’s been on ESPN almost every day. All they talk about, Yogi Ferrell. I’m talking about NBA TV, ESPN One, ESPN Two like Spanish ESPN! So, ya’ll got to understand something.
What was Yogi doing before? What was Yogi doing before he got that opportunity, ya’ll? He was preparing for it. You don’t get in the game and score like he scored. So, he said, “So what I didn’t make the league. “So what? “They can’t stop me from practicing. “They can’t stop me from getting up in the morning “and running drills.” So, the problem with most of you is, you have an opportunity. You wrote it down.
You wrote it down right here. Opportunity. They gave me an opportunity. They gave me a shot. Somebody gave me a GED. I turned that GED into a four-year degree. Somebody gave me a four-year degree. I turned it into a Master’s degree. Somebody gave me a Master’s degree. I turned it into a PhD. You got the opportunity, what you doing with it? Opportunity is coming. Will you be ready when it comes?
Mark: What if I offered you 1.25 million dollars to sell the whole company?
Man 1: Mark, you’re saying screw the other sharks.
Mark: Yep. I like what you guys are doing. I want you to come back to me with a percentage. I don’t want you to even talk to these guys.
Barbara: You’re asking him to take that option with you right now and ignore us?
Barbara: You’re not a very nice guy.
Mark: It’s not about me being wonderful
Man 2: No, no, I have that title, thank you.
Mark: It’s about making a business decision, right?
Man 1: Hi, I’m Mark Cuban, I’m a bully, look at me.
Barbara: What’s that about, Mark?
Mark: Like I said, guys, you got to pay to play.
Man 3: There’s tension in this room. I can feel it.
Man 2: It’s offensive.
Mark: You got a shot here, right? Don’t let these guys drag you down.
Man 1: Are you really interested in this?
Mark: I like the idea.
Man 2: You really think cooking bacon bedside is a good idea?
Mark: I love your passion. I love your knowledge.
Host: I’m waiting for the but.
Man 1: Yeah, there’s a but coming.
Mark: You got a 24 second shot, Clark, 750,000 dollars.
Man 2: I’ve never seen greed like that. That’s unbelievable greed.
Man 4: You broke up with your potential partner without even looking at him.
Man 2: You’re a savage.
Mark: I’m just a lean, mean shark machine, Baby!
Mark: If I say yes to whatever your counter is, you have to tell me that you will say yes immediately and we have deal.
Woman 1: 100,000 dollars
Barbara: Wait a minute.
Man 5: For 20% equity.
Man 4: Argh!
Mark: Done, done and done.
Mark: Did you like that, Barbara?
Barbara: I don’t like it one bit. That was so damn smart.
Mark: No but, that’s a compliment to you.
Man 1: Barbara, I screwed you, but it’s a compliment to you.
Barbara: I feel really good about it.
For every problem, the problem itself presents an opportunity that dwarfs the problem. And that is to say, that if I had only looked at my failure with the audio book and viewed it as a failure in the product, let’s say, and not in the process, I wouldn’t have taken away much. Instead, I realized that my approach wasn’t right. Fixed my approach and that has led to a lot of great successes.
Marco Pierre White
Success is born out of luck. It’s awareness of mind that take advantage of that opportunity. You will all become fronted with opportunity. You must take advantage of it. Because If you don’t take advantage of your opportunity you’ll never realize your dreams. Whether you want them or not is the irrelevance. You don’t know that until you achieve it.
Samuel L Jackson
I grew up watching movies and imagining myself on screen. So, aside from the very serious things that I do, I will occasionally do a Snakes On A Plane because, those are the kinds of movies I like when I was a kid. I always wanted to see myself in a movie with a bunch of snakes. And I’m still trying to find the right slasher movie to do because, I like slasher movies.
And I’m still, I did things like Deep Blue Sea because I wanted to run from something that had big teeth. And all that kind of stuff. So, I’m not that serious about it. You know, I really think movies should be fun and I think they should be entertaining.
If I want to teach you something, I’ll do a documentary but, I do this because it feeds me. It feeds my artistic sense. A lot of people think I do too many movies. I read an article on PBS today about me doing too many movies but, you know, writers get up and write everyday. Painters get up and paint everyday. Actors only have so many acting opportunities in a life time. I’m going to take mine as they come and do as many movies as I can before I’m up out of here.
I remember two years ago when the producer offer me to play the bad guy, the villain. Little red man for and I say, “Oh, I made 25 movies in Hong Kong. “I never play the villain so, I don’t know “my audience, what’s their reaction when “they heard the news.” Said, “Don’t worry, here is the good guy.” He offer another movie, Romeo Must Die. So, one bad guy, one good guy. You can work. You have special skill. You can make money for the studio.
Now in the future, right now, maybe better than before. I have a little bit of chance, can chose, what kind of story I really want to make. I hope in the future I have more chance to chose what kind of story I really want to make, what kind of story I don’t want to make.
We’d only been on the, 32, I think we hadn’t even done 50 shows.
And so, I called Jon Stewart and I said, “John, I just got invited for the correspondence dinner. “Do you think should do it?” and he said, “What? Like to attend?” and I said, “No, they want me.” He goes, “They want you to be the guy?” “Like to stand next to the President? Do they know what you do?” and I said, “I don’t know.” and I said, “I think I have to do it.” He goes, “You have to do it.”
Oprah: You have to do it.
Like, right now, you have to do it. So, don’t pay attention to the approval ratings that say that 68 percent of American’s disapprove of the job this man is doing. I ask you this, does that not also logically mean that 68 percent approve of the job he’s not doing? Think about it. I haven’t
You know, each day looks very, very different and truthfully that’s part of what I’m so passionate about. I think more than being a developer, more than having my own fashion brands, I think of myself as an entrepreneur who keeps my eye open for exciting opportunities and you have to have band width in your schedule, despite how busy you are, you have to have a little bit of space to be able to take that meeting that’s not as strategically relevant to everything on your plate. So, it is important to be surrounded by people that you trust and it’s important to spend your time wisely to enable you to find that next opportunity.
Guillermo Del Toro
I used to do make up effects for my stuff. They were very bad but, I was the only one doing them. So, a lot of friends, when I was doing my short films. They would see the effect and say, “Who did that for you?” And I say, “I did it.” and they started telling me, “Would you do mine?” and I started doing it and I realized it was an edge with which going to feature films.
And what I did is, for example, we did a TV series called La Hora Marcada, which is terrible film making but, we were all learning. Alfonso Cuarón was there, I was there and Manuel Evescue, the DP, Guillermo Navarro, my DP. All of us started in that series and we were doing little experiments and I said to the producers, “I’ll do the make up effects for free, “you pay the materials, I do them for free but, “in exchange I write and I write episodes” and they said, “That’s a good deal.”
So, it was a way to put your foot in the door and I was already on my way to the Cronus. I started writing Cronus around 1985 and I knew that in order to make the device, the Cronus device and the make up effects, I needed to create a company that would tell the producers that there’s someone who can do those effects. So, the sooner I did Cronus, essentially a year later, the show was closed because it had served it’s purpose.
There’s a bunch of cats who, like I get it, they look at him like, this is stupid. Why would you waste your opportunities or something? They seem to think that this is something given by others. Like, they still see it as like, “You’ve been given an opportunity”. No, nobody gave me Jack. I went and created opportunity for myself. Nobody ever shows up at your door, knocks and says, “Hey man, you want to tell stories? Here’s a bunch of money.
Go make pretend” That doesn’t happen. You’ve got to make steps toward that thing in the first place. So I spent a lot of time trying to explain to people the difference between given an opportunity and creating your world. Creating your own opportunity because if you create your own opportunities, you’ll be owing nobody. And then people can’t say things like, “You shouldn’t do this.” I’m like, “Why?”
As long as I keep my budgets low and everybody gets their money back and stuff, I can do whatever goofy thing I want because, I’ll tell you right now, I don’t want to go to my grave one day being like, “I should have made the Walrus movie” and then drop dead.
I want to be the guy that’s like, “I can’t believe we made that Walrus movie” and then drop dead and be satisfied because then we’re talking about re-shaping the world or big important issues. Man, this is all micro not macro stuff. It all begins, kind of, with you so, you know, that’s about belief. You can’t expect a bunch of people out there to believe you are this thing unless you be this thing yourself
Thank you guys so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed. I’d love to know what did you take from this video that you are going to immediately now apply to your life or your business somehow. Please leave it down in the comments below. I’m really curious to find out.
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Narrator: Today this video is all about Your One Word.
Thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to be in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love. I’ll see you soon.