“Do what I love.”
“Choose something that you love to do.”
“I really love what I’m doing.”
“This is what I want to do.”
Hello Believe Nation.
Today we’re going to talk about how to love what you do.
And as always, guys, as you’re watching the videos, if you see something that really resonates with you, please leave it in the comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired. And if you write it down, it’s much more likely to stick with yourself as well.
I’m a very spiritual person, and I follow my spirit. And I do what my spirit tells me to do, you know. And I don’t have a set, like, “Oh, I want to play this type of character “and I won’t play that type of character.” I’m receptive to anything, you know.
“I do what feels right for me.” – Eddie Murphy
And when the right thing comes along, if it’s serious, if it’s funny, if it’s silly, if it’s low budget. Put it this way, I just do whatever makes me, I get the most gratification from as an artist. I do music albums and nobody buys my records. I do them because I love making music, you know. And that’s the same way I am about movies.
I don’t make movies because, I don’t go into it thinking, “Let me do this “because then people will come.” “How much will the movie make?” “I’m trying to make the audience do that.” I do what feels right for me.
Interviewer: What were you like as a child?
I was a combination of reclusive and obsessed with what I wanted to do. When I was two, I was sitting in front of the TV drawing Fred Flintstones and Woody Woodpeckers. And at age seven I’m running around like a crazy person doing voices.
But at the same time, I would try to make animated films, and try to figure out exactly how that art form worked.
Interviewer: When did you do your first cartoon? How old were you and what was it?
“I was a combination of reclusive and obsessed with what I wanted to do.” – Seth Macfarlane
I was in seventh grade. It was called Space Pirates, it was terrible.
Tyler The Creator
I don’t know, I don’t give a about trying to make what I think people will like. I think because it doesn’t sound like one full album from top to bottom, people disregard it. Because it’s all over the place, people think it’s messy or chaotic, but I think it’s beautiful chaos and it’s perfect.
“If you make something you a hundred percent love, and everyone loves it, that’s a win-win.” – Tyler The Creator
It’s my favorite album to date, regardless of what anyone says. I could understand why people don’t like it. It’s different, and sometimes different doesn’t equal good to some people. But I love it and, you know, that’s great. That’s all that matters in the end.
If you make something you a hundred percent love, and everyone loves it, that’s a win-win. That’s great. If you have something that you really love and everyone (word blanked out) hates it, at least you love it, and you just move on.
I woke up every morning excited. I was completely jacked. I’ve never been more excited to go to work every day as I was on this project. At the end of the day, I’d never been more drained in my life. But somehow, some way, I found the energy every morning to get up and just go for it.
The further we got into it, the more Wayne was just like, “Okay, do what you want to do, do what you want to do.” I never had that kind of freedom before.
George R.R. Martin
“Writing and being a writer is too much part of my identity, and too much part of what I am.” – George R.R. Martin
You know, I have tons of things I’d like to do, and life is short, unfortunately. But I hope it will be long enough for me to do some of these. I have known a few writers who have retired. I cannot imagine ever retiring. Writing and being a writer is too much part of my identity, and too much part of what I am.
I don’t know what I would do with all that time if I did stop writing, you know. Play video games or something like that? Watch a lot more television? It seem unlikely to me. I’ve always told stories, whether I could make my living from it. Or even when I was a little kid just making up stories for the other kids in the neighborhood. And I think I’m going to continue to do that until the end.
Guillermo del Toro
When I talk to pre first time film makers or first time film makers, I always tell them, “Look, making movies is eating a sandwich of. And the only thing that gets a little better is, as the years go by, you get a little more bread. But the always there.
Interviewer: Isn’t that true of life also?
I think it is. I mean, I use another metaphor for life . But for film, I tell you, that one fits.
Interviewer: But in the end, somehow, you find the joy?
Well, you end up convincing yourself that it’s peanut butter .
“Being an artist in whatever discipline, dance, painting, theater, whatever you want, it’s the greatest work on earth.” – Guillermo del Toro
Interviewer: And is it ever peanut butter?
I want to believe it is .
Interviewer: But do you look back and go, “Yes, I did that…”
I tell you, without a doubt we may say this, we may say it’s the greatest. Being an artist in whatever discipline, dance, painting, theater, whatever you want, it’s the greatest work on earth. I mean, it’s truly this hard thing in this way or that way, but so is every job. So is every job. When I was younger, I worked with my father on real estate for about five years. I was the worst car salesman in the history of car salesmanship.
Interviewer: Because you were too honest?
Yeah, people would come and say, “What about this?” I would say, “no.” I was Glengarry Glen Ross, I would not get the knife set. I would be Shelley Levene. I would be out, out. It was terrible. My father said, “You’re terrible.” And the other vendors, whenever I went out the other salesmen, whenever I went out to a client, they actually laughed behind my back. Actually, physically were laughing behind my back. And I was the worst. But in real estate I was good. I was good in real estate. My father used to say, “You have to do this “to show that you can have an honest living.” And what I did was work on real estate in the mornings and I did monsters in the afternoon. But I know that when you have a real job, I painted highways one summer in Wichita, Kansas. I mean, a real job has equal heartbreak and stuff like that, and politics.
Interviewer: Well, I mean, I think it’s one of the things that people really misunderstand, that as glorious as it is to be able to do the things you’re passionate about, and to be an artist, it’s still a job.
Oh, it’s still a job, yeah, it is, it is. But God bless anyone that can do this. It’s beautiful and you have to truly be grateful. And the only way to remain objective about how grateful you need to be, is present your present to your past self when you’re 20 years old. And if you go and talk to yourself at 20 years old and said, “Would you like to be doing this movie “with this budget,” what do you think your response at age 20 would be? Absolutely, yes.
I knew I wanted to be in the skating industry. I love skating too much, I wanted to be in it. I didn’t know I would make a living as a professional, but I was devoted to skateboarding. So, I refinanced my house and took all the money and started a skateboard company, which seems like the stupidest thing in the world to do when skating was dying, but it was exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a company owner and be behind the scenes.
“I loved it because it was skateboarding and it was exactly what I wanted to do.” – Tony Hawk
I quit my sponsor and started. And for about three years, struggled very hard. My partner and I, we had pooled our money together. He was an ex-pro skater as well. And we just did Birdhouse and did whatever we could to get by. All the team was staying on my couch, and literally, while I’m changing diapers, I’m driving guys to these spots that they’re going to get arrested at because there’s no skate parks, so they’re going to go ride school yards.
It was such a strange existence, but I loved it because it was skateboarding and it was exactly what I wanted to do. And so, we really hunkered down. I was living on Taco Bell and peanut butter and jelly and Top Ramen.
Probably three years, for sure. But I didn’t care because I still got to do what I loved. That’s the thing is that people think, “Was it a struggle?” And it’s like, well no, because I loved it too much. I still got to go skate. And I had time to skate. I didn’t have to go sit behind a computer for eight hours and then hope I get time to skate.
Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days “of your life are the day you were born “and the day you find out why.” The first of those has already happened to you ’cause you’re sitting right here, kay.
The second, the day that you find out why you were born may have already happened to many of you. And to the others, not yet. But you will know when it happens. It will be connected to something that you truly love. I’ve always said to my five sons, “Choose something that you love to do “and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
I really love what I’m doing. Not just so much where people like, “Oh find your passion and go do it.” A lot of people claim it’s something they really like, but I enjoy marketing so much, and creating companies for marketers, that I work my butt off and it doesn’t seem like work. I can work 70, 80 hour weeks consistently and not have to worry about it. It never stresses me out, I never feel like, “Oh, I should take a vacation,” or any of that. I really do enjoy working. I’m a workaholic.
“Some people can make fun of it, they can crack jokes, they can sit back and analyze and criticize, and make all the fun they want, but I’m living my life. I’m doin’ it. What are you?” – Kai Green
This is my life. But this is also me livin’ it. You tune in, and what you should walk away from, what I would want you most to walk away with is the idea of, “Yo, what can I do? “What am I doing with my life? “Am I living it or am I just going to some humdrum job “that I don’t really want to be at, “doing some minuscule task. “Getting paid to be a mindless drone, you know. “Or am I out there living life, on my terms, “the way I want to live it, “doing the things that I want to do?”
Make no mistake about it, as hard as this is, as hard as this is, this is what I want to do. This is what I want to do, you know. And some people can make fun of it, they can crack jokes, they can sit back and analyze and criticize, and make all the fun they want, but I’m living my life. I’m doin’ it. What are you?
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed. I’d love to know which of the clips had the biggest impact on you and why. Which message resonated with you the most? Leave it down in the comments below and I’m going to join in the discussion.
I also want to give a quick shout out to Steph Reveron. Thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Your One Word, and taking that picture and posting it. I really, really, really appreciate your support. So thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is, much love. I’ll see you soon.
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