Famous Entrepreneur Quotes
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quotes
“Great movies have been made out of mediocre scripts and not great movies have been made out of great scripts.”
“You have to work hard, like freedom is one the other side of discipline.”
“Adulthood is about compromising. It’s all about compromising and how much you compromise before you compromise yourself.”
– Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Top 10 Entrepreneurship Rules for Success and Business
He’s an American actor who began acting as a child with his film debut in City Slickers in 1991. His breakout role was in the cult movie hit, Donnie Darko. For Nightcrawler, his performance was widely acclaimed and won great rave reviews from critics. He’s Jake Gyllenhaal, and here’s my take on his top ten rules for success.
Rule #1: #Believe
Someone said to me once that like a, and I know that my mother being a screenwriter, she’s not going to agree with me on this, but that, you know, great movies have been made out of mediocre scripts, and not great movies have been made out of great scripts, you know? There is something in that process, ’cause there is a general kind of philosophy that you need a great script, which I agree with.
I totally agree with, but ultimately, I think you need an energy. You need a drive and a belief in what you’re doing, and that belief, whatever that is, can change an entire film. It can change anything, really.
Rule #2: Use Your Instincs
What I was always taught as a kid was to try and listen to myself and to trust certain instincts, you know? To listen to people around me and to use those instincts to try and guide me, you know? And I think, you know, you get, you’re on course, you’re off course, you move around, you’re all different, you try this path, you try that path, whatever it is, but I think I’ve just become much clearer about my instinct, and particularly my initial instincts.
I’m not talking about like oh, that person seems like a nice… I’m talking about the instinct when we talk about reading the script for this movie, and I all of a sudden thought this guy is a coyote. It came to my mind, and I thought he needs to be hungry.
Rule #3: Follow Great Energy
You know, things work in the moment and then can die off, and then things can not work in one moment and come to life, and if you have any wisdom whatsoever, you know to follow, you know, wherever there is great energy, and that’s what I followed with Denis when we did Enemy. I went this guy has great energy. We vibe on each other, and I got to go with this.
Like I don’t know what this movie’s about, but I know this energy. And I know this energy is success somewhere, creative success, and that’s first and foremost to me, and that’s what I follow now, and that energy drives a movie. When you watch it as an audience, it’s infectious. When you see that on the screen, and I see it all the time with people, you’re infected by that energy.
Rule #4: Don’t Compromise Yourself
I think I just decided should try not to compromise, you know, certain things. You know, one of these things, and it’s funny to bring up, my publicist, because she was the one who recommended this documentary to me, but in this documentary that I watched a few years ago, The Promise, the one about Bruce Springsteen, you know, he said that adulthood is about compromising.
It’s all about compromise and how much you compromise before you compromise yourself, and I think that when I say there is no compromise in the choices I made, I don’t know if that’s totally true, but I think it was sort of not compromising myself, you know, and trying to be as mindful in decisions I was making as possible, not only in the movies, but also within scenes and everything.
Rule #5: Do What Moves You
David: The weird thing about becoming a movie star, it just kind of happened. What about yourself?
Strangely, it does sort of happen, like in your 20s, which is when a majority of all that stuff started to happen was I think you just sort of, you do the best you can. Listen to yourself, but you also follow different people’s leads and try and learn from it, so I mean, that sort of ended up happening, and I sort of hit 30 and I was like wait a second. I want to get back on stage again and do this thing that I love doing so much, and it just happened.
David: Well, all of your choices lately, actually, as for film as well, I mean, are we in a post-ab phase of Jake Gyllenhaal’s career? Is that?
Aptly put, or should I say ab-tly put. I think, yes and no. I mean, I don’t know. Yeah, I guess if it’s about, to me, if it ends up being about vanity or something like that, then it’s just the wrong direction, you know, and I think ultimately if it’s about what you feel and what moves you and what roles you want to play or what people you want to work with.
If those are the choices and that’s how it’s done, then I think, you know, that’s what fulfills me, so whether it’s post or not, I think I always was doing that, you know? My intention always, whenever I go into any creative sort of environment or experience, is to give my all, you know? I mean, I care a lot, you know? And it always has been like that.
Rule #6: Work Hard
So let me just say, the one thing I do really, really know now is how blessed I am to be working in this business, and that you have to work hard. Like freedom is on the other side of discipline, and when somebody says I want you to play this role in my movie, you have a great responsibility, and it’s just bottom line for me. And from here on out, and has been for a while, that is I will do everything I can for that, so as long as the opportunities come, I will do my best and try my best to do the best that I can do at that moment.
Rule #7: Stay True To Your Instincs
Interviewer: Do you care about the business end of things when you pick gigs now? In terms of this what seems to be a highly curatorial approach to what you do, does it matter if your agent goes hey, man, you really should do this role in Iron Man, because it’s going to be big business for you?
If my agent did that, we wouldn’t be working together.
Yeah, because I think that, you know, to me, we’re not talking about. We’re talking about, you know, I mean, I’m incredibly blessed, you know, in the work that I do in terms of that kind of stuff. I mean, that’s just not the discussion that I want to be having. You know? That’s just, at this point in my life, I believe that I want to stay true to a certain instinct.
Now, that instinct changes at times, you know? And it will change over the course of, hopefully, I get to work more, you know? And hopefully I’ll be making different choices and I might come in here two years from now and have a different approach, but I do know that it should always be about something that’s coming from something I believe in, ’cause that’s all that I can bring.
You know, it’s really all that I can bring, and it’s going to satisfy some people and it’s not going to others, just as things other people do satisfy me and some people don’t, you know? But if we have that discussion, to me, I just, you know, it’s not one I necessarily want to have.
Rule #8: Always Be Prepared
To me, it’s become much more about craft, and I think, actually, on a smaller scale, I think it’s possibly to do it on a really big scale, but I think that, on a smaller scale, I think preparation is key. That I kind of went back to deciding or sort of choosing preparation over everything and the amount of time it takes when you have a lot less money to use, you know, and you have to make choices very specifically, and they have to be kind of prepared much earlier on, so that you’re free in, you know, a very small period of space.
You have a lot more freedom because of all the preparation that you’ve done. I mean, just in terms of the process of acting, that’s what I started to learn when I did End of Watch, this movie with David Ayer. You know, I spent five months with police officers, and that was the beginning of realizing how much I loved preparation and how much I loved the process before the performance, and I had always loved that when I was on stage because there’s always that very formal rehearsal process that allows you to explore and use your mind and go to places that are wrong as well as places that are right, and I love being wrong and right, you know? And I love people saying hmm, that idea doesn’t really work for this, you know, and I’m having an exchange with the director.
I love that. I love that kind of I’m bringing an idea and it gets vetoed or it gets accepted. Whatever it is, it’s just the ability to bring ideas, and I see that it’s much more possible to do that within the prep time than it is in the moment of shooting.
Rule #9: Respect The Audience
I was thinking about this the other day. I was thinking about working with Dustin Hoffman when I was 20 years old or 23 or something like that, and I remember Dustin coming up to me and him saying to me, “You know you don’t “have to do so much,” and I was like what? He said, “You know you carry everything inside you already. ”
Like you could probably just stand there “and there’s enough that people could watch, you know?” And that was expressed, actually, while we were doing this movie I just did in a way that I really like, which is just deliver the pizza, you know? And that’s one of the biggest things I learned, which is, you know, we all carry with us like everything we do, like everything we’ve been through, good, bad, whatever, and if you can show up and literally just deliver the pizza, like you’ll be alright.
Because you’re not good, like he said in a calm tone about, you know, just speaking poetry, you know? You know, you don’t have to be the butterfly flying around, you know? Just say the word butterfly, you know? Just say it, because people will take from that their own experience, because if you don’t give credit to the audience and how intelligent they are and how much they’re going to be asking already, then you’re done, you know? I have just learned to have great respect for the audience, and I love them, and I will do anything for their minds. I know that sounds crazy, but I really will.
Rule #10: Find Real Success
Interviewer: You seem like a pretty ambitious guy. Now one does as much as you’ve done without being an ambitious guy. Do you, or does Jake Gyllenhaal, relate at all to that notion of success at any cost? Was that drilled into you at some point?
I don’t know. I mean, consciously speaking, no. I mean, no, and I think what I value as success as I get older is a lot different than what it was when I was a lot younger, you know?
Interviewer: What’s the difference?
Well, I mean, I think an immature view of success, you know, which I probably can be still guilty of, is all of the things that, you know, that you get the things you sort of dream of, you know, money and more work, and the work that you wanted, all of those things. And I think I now value success as a much different thing.
I think I value it as, you know, when I see my friends with their beautiful children or in a working relationship of any kind and all those things, to me, that’s real success, so I mean, I think that, you know, when I have like a great day with my family or a great day with my nieces or whatever, that’s a successful day, you know? I could come to the Toronto Film Festival and people could really love, you know, a film that I made, and that’s successful, but it’s not necessarily how I would now judge success of a certain kind.
Interviewer: Is that because you sowed your oats? I mean, is it really? Is it like did you want Entourage at some point, and then you got it? I don’t know.
I don’t know about that. I think I just credit it to my parents, and you know, hopefully values that they instill.
Thank you guys so much. I made this because NoName11 asked me to, so if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.
I’d also love to know which of the 10 rules had the biggest impact on you and why, what change you’re going to make to your business or life as a result of watching this video? Leave it in the comments and I will join in the discussion.
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Thank you guys so much. Continue to believe or whatever your one word is, and I’ll see you soon.
Rule number 1 is my personal favorite, and I’d love to know which one you guys like the best.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Rules
- #Believe (Evan’s Favorite Rule for an Entrepreneur Mindset)
- Use Your Instincs
- Follow Great Energy
- Don’t Compromise Yourself
- Do What Moves You
- Work Hard
- Stay True To Your Instincs
- Always Be Prepared
- Respect The Audience
- Find Real Success
I hope you enjoyed this article, make sure to check my Jake Gyllenhaal video on his Top 10 Rules For Success as well.