I always knew as a kid that I was a writer, but I never really knew what I wanted to do.
Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life.
Literally not allowed to play Scrabble in my house because of fights that break out.
I tried to write a novel, like a really intricate Toni Morrison-esque novel, and it is terrible.
Shonda Rhimes’s Top 10 Rules For Success
Evan: She’s a television producer and writer.
She’s a creator, head writer, and executive producer of the hit medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy.
She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 People Who Helped Shape the World.
She’s Shonda Rhimes, and here’s my take on her top 10 rules for success.
Rule number 10 is my personal favorite, and I’m curious to figure out which one you guys like the most.
Also, as Shonda’s talking, if she says something that really, really deeply resonates with you, please leave it down in the comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired as well.
-= RHIME’S RULES =-
- Seize The Opportunities
- Find Your Calling
- Be Fulfilled
- Respect Yourself
- Conquer Your Fears
- Be Authentic
- Learn How To Lead
- Own Who You Are
- Don’t Shy Away From Difficulties
- Say Yes To What Scares You
Rule #1: Seize The Opportunities
I spent a lot a time, and a lot of people spend a lot a time, thinking of all the things they want to do and talking about it.
But the idea that you’re not actually doing anything to get to where you want to go, you’re waiting for some sort of big magical moment or some door to open or some, I don’t know, some interesting, illuminating thing to happen is very different from the hard day-to-day slogging through step by step, I’m going to climb this ladder, here’s an opportunity, I’m going to run for it, any little small moment. Oh, I want to be a writer.
“Hard work and being a doer and taking every opportunity that comes your way, whether or not it seems like the most amazing one is the way to go.” – Shonda Rhimes
Taking every opportunity that comes your way
Somebody wants me to be an intern at their production company. I will go do that. Somebody wants me to go work at this job, I will do that. Oh, I’m going to go work at this sort of awful job because it’s going to pay the bills so I can write at night, well, I’m going to do that because that’s a way to get where I want to go.
People don’t want to do those things because they think that they’re waiting for their big break, and I think that hard work and being a doer and taking every opportunity that comes your way, whether or not it seems like the most amazing one is the way to go.
Rule #2: Find Your Calling
I always knew as a kid that I was a writer, but I never really knew what I wanted to do. I always believed that that wasn’t a real job. So I thought that all of the things that interested me, like maybe I’d be a doctor, maybe I’d be a lawyer, maybe I’d go work in Washington.
I always thought that those were the things that I actually wanted to do for a living instead of understanding that those were the things I wanted to research and write about for a living.
Rule #3: Be Fulfilled
As you try to figure out the impossible task of juggling work and family and you hear over and over and over again that you just need a lot of help, or you just need to be organize, or you just need to try a little bit harder.
As a very successful woman, a single mother of three, who constantly gets asked the question, “How do you do it all?” for once I’m going to answer that question with 100% honesty here for you now because it’s just us, ’cause it’s our fireside chat, ’cause somebody has to tell you the true.
Shonda, how do you do it all? The answer is this. I don’t. Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life. If I am killing it on a Scandal script for work, I am probably missing bath and story time at home.
If I’m at home sewing my kids’ Halloween costumes, I’m probably blowing off a rewrite I was supposed to turn in. If I’m accepting a prestigious award, I’m missing my baby’s first swim lesson. If I’m at my daughter’s debut in her school musical, I am missing Sandra Oh’s last scene ever being filmed at Grey’s Anatomy.
Anyone who tells you they are doing it all perfectly is a liar
If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the trade off. That is the Faustian bargain one makes with the devil that comes with being a powerful working woman who’s also a powerful mother.
You never feel 100% okay. You never get your sea legs. You are always a little nauseous. Something is always lost. Something is always missing. And yet, I want my daughters to see me and know me as a woman who works.
“Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life. If I am killing it on a Scandal script for work, I am probably missing bath and story time at home.” – Shonda Rhimes
I want that example set for them. I like how proud they are when they come to my offices and know that they come to ShondaLand. There is a land and it is named after their mother.
In their world, mothers run companies. In their world, mothers own Thursday nights. In their world, mothers work. And I am a better mother for it. The woman I am because I get to run ShondaLand because I get to write all day, because I get to spend my days making things up, that woman is a better person and a better mother because that woman is happy.
That woman is fulfilled. That woman is whole. I wouldn’t want them to know the me who didn’t get to do this all day long. I wouldn’t want them to get to know the me who wasn’t doing. So lesson number three is that anyone who tells you they are doing it all perfectly is a liar.
Rule #4: Respect Yourself
Interviewer: That inner critic, you’re not good enough, you failed, you’re not a good enough mother, you’re not a good enough person is rampant or was rampant in you. How did you silence that? So, like, you ate the fried chicken, you suck, like, I would do that. Yeah, and then you’re like, okay, I ate the fried chicken, I might as well eat a pint of ice cream, then I might as well, yeah, and then the circle begins. I can’t do anything, I’m a loser, and then there it goes.
I’m really hard on myself
But it’s true, I think we all have that in us, and I am an extraordinarily competitive person. I come from, so many similarities, I come from a big family. My big family is very competitive. We’re literally not allowed to play Scrabble in my house because of fights that break out.
My mother’s like, “You’re not allowed.” And because of that competitiveness, I’m really hard on myself, and I’m the youngest of six, so I’ve sort of been the bottom of that competitiveness, and so you’re always pushing harder. That thing makes you intense, and it makes you really, really sort of OCD and hard on yourself. Part of what I tried to do was let it be okay to mess up and give myself permission and think how would I treat somebody else.
Why could I treat other people better than I could treat myself? ‘Cause I could fight for anybody who worked for me. I could gladiate for anybody at work and tell anybody off for anybody else. I could treat anybody else wonderfully.
But when it came to myself, I let people treat me like crap and I treated myself that way, and it felt like I respected myself far less than I respected everybody else. And so I just tried to respect myself.
Interviewer: Easier said than done. How do you begin to, quote, “respect yourself?”
A little bit was the self care. The more you say yes and the more you realize that you’re succeeding and that you’re overcoming something, the better you feel, the more powerful you feel, the more successful you feel, and the better you feel about yourself honestly.
When I conquered being afraid of public speaking, I started to feel like, oh, I’m good at that. Okay, well, it works. You start to feel like you’re in control, as opposed to feeling like it’s just set that you’re a loser or something.
Rule #5: Conquer Your Fears
I’m a writer, I’m supposed to be behind the scenes, and everybody else is supposed to be in front of the stuff.
Narrator: Now she’s finally in front of the cameras. The famously private woman talking about her epic struggles with anxiety and her fear of public speaking.
Interviewer: What physiologically happens when you’re having that stage four panic attack?
There’s a little bit of panicked breathing. There’s a lot of pacing back and forth and mumbling to myself.
Interviewer: Despite being invited to every glamorous party in Hollywood, she’d make excuses, saying she was just too busy until one day her sister provoked her.
I was sort of going on and on and on about like all of the invitations that I’d received and my sister finally sort of cut in and said, “Are you going to say yes to any of these things?” And I remember being very taken aback and saying, “No, I’m busy, I can’t.” And her sort of looking at me like that’s insane and at some point just saying, “You never say yes to anything.” And those words really sticking with me because she was right.
Interviewer: And so this became a campaign to say yes to the things that scared you.
Yeah, to say yes to things that freaked me out.
Interviewer: And when you started saying yes, what started to happen?
It’s the doing of the thing that sort of undoes the fear.
Rule #6: Be Authentic
The idea now to me that I wanted to be Toni Morrison seems very sad really ’cause, right, Toni Morrison’s not giving up her job. Toni Morrison’s busy being Toni Morrison. That job opening is not available.
“I tried to write a novel, like a really intricate Toni Morrison-esque novel, and it is terrible. I am not Toni Morrison. But this feels right to me, and when I started writing television, it felt like, oh, this is what I should’ve been doing all my life. It was like a light bulb went off.” – Shonda Rhimes
And it sort of led me to being more authentically me actually by really just sort of finding a path that was like here’s an opening, I’m going to go for that, and that’s how I discovered writing in television and that’s how I discovered what kind of writing fit me.
Interviewer: Yeah, ’cause you didn’t expect to do this when you were at Dartmouth.
No, and let me tell you, I tried to write a novel, like a really intricate Toni Morrison-esque novel, and it is terrible. I am not Toni Morrison. But this feels right to me, and when I started writing television, it felt like, oh, this is what I should’ve been doing all my life. It was like a light bulb went off.
Rule #7: Learn How To Lead
Interviewer: What makes a good leader in your mind? What have you learned about leadership and what is a takeaway for people here about a first step towards being a better leader?
I don’t think that you have to be me. I really only feel like I started truly learning how to be a leader about two or three years ago partially when this process started when I got braver about it.
Just jumping right in, and those things solve problems.
I think it’s a willing to really delve into this stuff, to have the difficult conversations, that’s another part of the book, of really being willing to have those conversations that nobody wants to have that we spend all of our time avoiding, sitting down with the people you work with and saying, “Here’s the deal” or “What’s going on?” Or all of those things that we spend all of our time avoiding, just jumping right in, and those things solve problems.
Those things make life so much easier. Those things cross bridges in ways that you never thought would happen. That for me has been the single greatest thing that has changed the way I work with everybody because now everyone feels like, A, I’m going to tell them the truth, and, B, they can tell me anything. I love the idea that I’m not somebody that they’re afraid of.
Rule #8: Own Who You Are
There’s some weird world in which anybody gives you a compliment your response is, oh, it’s not that big of a deal.
“Own who you are and what you’ve done. Be proud of it.” – Shonda Rhimes
Interviewer: And even you, Shonda Rhimes, creator of all this fabulousness, was like, oh, no, I was lucky.
It makes you feel arrogant to sort of somehow acknowledge that you had some part in it, which is ridiculous. Own who you are and what you’ve done. Be proud of it.
Rule #9: Don’t Shy Away From Difficulties
Interviewer: You talk in the book that you used to shy away from difficult conversations and that you realized that the more you wanted to say something but you didn’t so you ate it, literally, you ate it to numb it, right, and that the first time you actually said to somebody like, “That doesn’t work for me” or you gave yourself permission to say no in the year of yes, that all of a sudden you felt free.
People are afraid to say, “That doesn’t work for me” or “No” because they’ll lose a friend, they may lose a spouse, they may lose a child. Tough love, as we call it, or saying, “That doesn’t work for me” is a really hard thing to say.
Difficult conversation lies peace
But the thing that we fear will happen, you’re still fearing it while you’re avoiding it. So the entire time you’re not having the conversation or saying the thing you need to say, you’re basically terrified that that thing’s going to happen.
So it’s in there and on you and pressing on you, and for me, I was just eating a whole lot of stuff. But once you have the conversation, I had one really hard conversation that ended with a really close friend of mine just saying some of the worst things to me I never heard anybody say, and instead of feeling awful.
“Across the field of a difficult conversation lies peace.” – Shonda Rhimes
I found myself feeling invigorated and relieved and a little bit exhilarated because I had told her how I felt and she had told me who she was and now that I knew that, I was like, this is like a superpower because you unmask people immediately and that was such a relief and felt so simple. Across the field of a difficult conversation lies peace.
Rule #10: Say Yes To What Scares You
So a while ago, I tried an experiment. For one year, I would say yes to all the things that scared me. Anything that made me nervous, took me out of my comfort zone, I forced myself to say yes to. Did I want to speak in public? No, but yes. Did I want to be on live TV? No, but yes. Did I want to try acting? No, no, no, but yes, yes, yes. And a crazy thing happened. The very act of doing the thing that scared me undid the fear, made it not scary.
My fear of public speaking, my social anxiety, poof, gone. It’s amazing, the power of one word. Yes changed my life. Yes changed me. But there was one particular yes that affected my life in the most profound way, in a way I never imagined, and it started with a question from my toddler.
I have these three amazing daughters, Harper, Beckett and Emerson, and Emerson’s a toddler who inexplicably refers to everyone as honey as though she’s a Southern waitress. “Honey, I’m going to need some milk for my sippy cup.
Magical effect on me
The Southern waitress asked me to play with her one evening when I was on my way somewhere, and I said, “Yes.” And that yes was the beginning of a new way of life for my family. I made a vow that from now on, every time one of my children asks me to play, no matter what I’m doing or where I’m going, I say yes, every single time.
“The very act of doing the thing that scared me undid the fear, made it not scary.” – Shonda Rhimes
Almost. I’m not perfect at it, but I try hard to practice it. And it’s had a magical effect on me, on my children, on our family.
But it’s also had a stunning side effect, and it wasn’t until recently that I fully understood it, that I understood that saying yes to playing with my children likely saved my career. See, I have what most people would call a dream job.
I’m a writer, I imagine, I make stuff up for a living. Dream job. No. I’m a titan. Dream job. I create television. I executive produce television. I make television, a great deal of television. In one way or another, this TV season, I’m responsible for bringing about 70 hours of programming to the world. Four television programs, 70 hours of TV. Three shows in production at a time, sometimes four.
Each show creates hundreds of jobs that didn’t exist before. The budget for one episode of network television can be anywhere from three to six million dollars. Let’s just say five.
A new episode made every nine days times four shows, so every nine days that’s $20 million worth of television, four television programs, 70 hours of TV, three shows in production at a time, sometimes four, 16 episodes going on at all times.
“I love working. It is creative and mechanical and exhausting and exhilarating and hilarious and disturbing and clinical and maternal and cruel and judicious, and what makes it all so good is the hum.” – Shonda Rhimes
24 episodes of Grey’s, 21 episodes of Scandal, 15 episodes of How To Get Away With Murder, 10 episodes of The Catch, that’s 70 hours of TV, that’s $350 million for a season.
In America, my television shows are back to back to back on Thursday night. Around the world, my shows air in 256 territories in 67 languages for an audience of 30 million people. My brain is global, and 45 hours of that 70 hours of TV are shows I personally created and not just produced, so on top of everything else, I need to find time, real quiet, creative time, to gather my fans around the campfire and tell my stories.
Four television programs, 70 hours of TV, three shows in production at a time, sometimes four, $350 million, campfires burning all over the world. You know who else is doing that? Nobody, so like I said, I’m a titan. Dream job.
I work a lot, very hard, and I love it
Now, I don’t tell you this to impress you. I tell you this because I know what you think of when you hear the word writer. I tell you this so that all of you out there who work so hard, whether you run a company or a country or a classroom or a store or a home.
Take me seriously when I talk about working, so you’ll get that I don’t peck at a computer and imagine all day, so you’ll hear me when I say that I understand that a dream job is not about dreaming.
It’s all job, all work, all reality, all blood, all sweat, no tears. I work a lot, very hard, and I love it. When I’m hard at work, when I’m deep in it, there is no other feeling.
For me, my work is at all times building a nation out of thin air. It is manning the troops. It is painting a canvas. It is hitting every high note. It is running a marathon. It is being Beyonce. And it is all of those things at the same time.
I love working. It is creative and mechanical and exhausting and exhilarating and hilarious and disturbing and clinical and maternal and cruel and judicious, and what makes it all so good is the hum.
I’m not built for failure
There is some kind of shift inside me when the work gets good. A hum begins in my brain, and it grows and it grows and that hum sounds like the open road and I could drive it forever. And a lot of people, when I try to explain the hum, they assume that I’m talking about the writing, that my writing brings me joy.
And don’t get me wrong, it does. But the hum, it wasn’t until I started making television that I started working, working and making and building and creating and collaborating, that I discovered this thing, this buzz, this rush, this hum. The hum is more than writing. The hum is action and activity.
“I work a lot, very hard, and I love it. When I’m hard at work, when I’m deep in it, there is no other feeling.” – Shonda Rhimes
The hum is a drug. The hum is music. The hum is light and air. The hum is God’s whisper right in my ear. And when you have a hum like that, you can’t help but strive for greatness. That feeling, you can’t help but strive for greatness at any cost.
That’s called the hum. Or, maybe it’s called being a workaholic. Maybe it’s called genius. Maybe it’s called ego. Maybe it’s just fear of failure. I don’t know. I just know that I’m not built for failure, and I just know that I love the hum. I just know that I want to tell you I’m a titan, and I know that I don’t want to question it. But here’s the thing.
The more successful I become, the more shows, the more episodes, the more barriers broken, the more work there is to do, the more balls in the air, the more eyes on me, the more history stares, the more expectations there are.
The more I work to be successful, the more I need to work. And what did I say about work? I love working, right? The nation I’m building, the marathon I’m running, the troops, the canvas, the high note, the hum, the hum, the hum. I like that hum. I love that hum. I need that hum. I am that hum. Am I nothing but that hum? And then the hum stopped.
Overworked, overused, overdone, burned out. The hum stopped. Now, my three daughters are used to the truth that their mother is a single working titan. Harper tells people, “My mom won’t be there, “but you can text my nanny.”
And Emerson says, “Honey, I’m wanting to go to ShondaLand.” They’re children of a titan. They’re baby titans. They were 12, three, and one when the hum stopped. The hum of the engine died.
When the hum stops, who are you?
I stopped loving work. I couldn’t restart the engine. The hum would not come back. My hum was broken. I was doing the same things I always did, all the same titan work, 15-hour days, working straight through the weekends, no regrets, never surrender, a titan never sleeps, a titan never quits, full hearts, clear eyes, yada, whatever.
But there was no hum. Inside me was silence. Four television programs, 70 hours of TV, three shows in production at a time, sometimes four. Four television programs, 70 hours of TV, three shows in production at a time, sometimes four. I was the perfect titan. I was a titan you could take home to your mother.
All the colors were the same, and I was no longer having any fun. And it was my life. It was all I did. I was the hum, and the hum was me. So what do you do when the thing you do, the work you love, starts to taste like dust?
Now I know somebody’s out there thinking, “Cry me a river, stupid writer titan lady.”
But you know, you do, if you make, if you work, if you love what you do, being a teacher, being a banker, being a mother, being a painter, being Bill Gates, if you simply love another person and that gives you the hum, if you know the hum, if you know what the hum feels like, if you have been to the hum, when the hum stops, who are you?
What are you?
What am I?
Am I still a titan?
If the song of my heart ceases to play, can I survive in the silence?
And then my Southern waitress toddler asks me a question.
I am happy
I’m on my way out the door, I’m late, and she says, “Momma, want to play?” And I’m just about to say no when I realize two things. One, I’m supposed to say yes to everything, and two, my Southern waitress didn’t call me honey.
She’s not calling everyone honey anymore. When did that happen? I’m missing it, being a titan and mourning my hum, and here she is changing right before my eyes. And so she says, “Momma, want to play?” And I say, “Yes.”
There’s nothing special about it. We play, and we’re joined by her sisters, and there’s a lot of laughing, and I give a dramatic reading from the book Everybody Poops.
Nothing out of the ordinary. And yet, it is extraordinary because in my pain and my panic, in the homelessness of my humlessness, I have nothing to do but pay attention. I focus. I am still. The nation I’m building, the marathon I’m running, the troops, the canvas, the high note does not exist.
“A dream job should be a little bit dreamy. I said yes to less work and more play.” – Shonda Rhimes
All that exists are sticky fingers and gooey kisses and tiny voices and crayons and that song about letting go of whatever it is that Frozen girl needs to let go of. It’s all peace and simplicity. The air is so rare in this place for me that I can barely breathe. I can barely believe I’m breathing. Play is the opposite of work. And I am happy.
The real hum is love-specific
Something in me loosens. A door in my brain swings open, and a rush of energy comes. And it’s not instantaneous, but it happens, it does happen. I feel it. A hum creeps back. Not at full volume, barely there, it’s quiet, and I have to stay very still to hear it, but it is there.
Not the hum, but a hum. And now I feel like I know a very magical secret. Well, let’s not get carried away. It’s just love. That’s all it is. No magic.
No secret. It’s just love. It’s just something we forgot. The hum, the work hum, the hum of the titan, that’s just a replacement. If I have to ask you who I am, if I have to tell you who I am, if I describe myself in terms of shows and hours of television and how globally badass my brain is, I have forgotten what the real hum is.
The hum is not power and the hum is not work-specific. The hum is joy-specific. The real hum is love-specific.
I wish it were that easy
The hum is the electricity that comes from being excited by life. The real hum is confidence and peace. The real hum ignores the stare of history and the balls in the air and the expectation and the pressure. The real hum is singular and original. The real hum is God’s whisper in my ear, but maybe God was whispering the wrong words, because which one of the gods was telling me I was a titan?
It’s just love. We could all use a little more love, a lot more love. Any time my child asks me to play, I will say yes. I make it a firm rule for one reason, to give myself permission, to free me from all of my workaholic guilt.
“If you make, if you work, if you love what you do, being a teacher, being a banker, being a mother, being a painter, being Bill Gates, if you simply love another person and that gives you the hum, if you know the hum, if you know what the hum feels like, if you have been to the hum, when the hum stops, who are you?” – Shonda Rhimes
It’s a law, so I don’t have a choice, and I don’t have a choice, not if I want to feel the hum. I wish it were that easy, but I’m not good at playing. I don’t like it. I’m not interested in doing it the way I’m interested in doing work.
The truth is incredibly humbling and humiliating to face. I don’t like playing. I work all the time because I like working. I like working more than I like being at home. Facing that fact is incredibly difficult to handle, because what kind of person likes working more than being at home?
Well, me. I mean, let’s be honest, I call myself a titan. I’ve got issues. And one of those issues isn’t that I am too relaxed.
You can do it too
We run around the yard, up and back and up and back. We have 30-second dance parties. We sing show tunes. We play with balls. I blow bubbles and they pop them. And I feel stiff and delirious and confused most of the time. I itch for my cell phone always. But it is okay. My tiny humans show me how to live and the hum of the universe fills me up.
I play and I play until I begin to wonder why we ever stop playing in the first place. You can do it too. Say yes every time your child asks you to play. Are you thinking that maybe I’m an idiot in diamond shoes? You’re right, but you can still do this.
You have time. You know why? ‘Cause you’re not Rihanna and you’re not a Muppet. Your child does not think you’re that interesting. You only need 15 minutes. My two and four-year-old only ever want to play with me for about 15 minutes or so before they think to themselves they want to do something else.
It’s an amazing 15 minutes, but it’s 15 minutes. If I’m not a ladybug or a piece of candy, I’m invisible after 15 minutes. And my 13-year-old, if I can get a 13-year-old to talk to me for 15 minutes, I’m Parent of the Year. 15 minutes is all you need. I can totally pull off 15 minutes of uninterrupted time on my worst day.
It’s about joy
Uninterrupted is the key. No cell phone, no laundry, no anything. You have a busy life. You have to get dinner on the table. You have to force them to bathe. But you can do 15 minutes. My kids are my happy place, they’re my world, but it doesn’t have to be your kids, the fuel that feeds your hum, the place where life feels more good than not good.
It’s not about playing with your kids, it’s about joy. It’s about playing in general. Give yourself the 15 minutes. Find what makes you feel good. Just figure it out and play in that arena.
I’m not perfect at it. In fact, I fail as often as I succeed, seeing friends, reading books, staring into space. “Want to play?” starts to become shorthand for indulging myself in ways I’d given up on right around the time I got my first TV show, right around the time I became a titan-in-training, right around the time I started competing with myself for ways unknown.
15 minutes, what could be wrong with giving myself my full attention for 15 minutes? Turns out, nothing. The very act of not working has made it possible for the hum to return, as if the hum’s engine could only refuel while I was away.
The more I play, the happier I am, and the happier my kids are.
Work doesn’t work without play. It takes a little time, but after a few months, one day the floodgates open and there’s a rush, and I find myself standing in my office filled with an unfamiliar melody, full on groove inside me and around me, and it sends me spinning with ideas, and the humming road is open, and I can drive it and drive it, and I love working again.
But now I like that hum, but I don’t love that hum. I don’t need that hum. I am not that hum. That hum is not me, not anymore. I am bubbles and sticky fingers and dinners with friends. I am that hum. Life’s hum. Love’s hum.
Work’s hum is still a piece of me, it is just no longer all of me, and I am so grateful. And I don’t give a crap about being a titan, because I have never once seen a titan play Red Rover, Red Rover. I said yes to less work and more play, and somehow I still run my world.
My brain is still global. My campfires still burn. The more I play, the happier I am, and the happier my kids are. The more I play, the more I feel like a good mother.
Want to play?
The more I play, the freer my mind becomes. The more I play, the better I work. The more I play, the more I feel the hum, the nation I’m building, the marathon I’m running, the troops, the canvas, the high note, the hum, the hum, the other hum, the real hum, life’s hum. The more I feel that hum, the more this strange, quivering, uncocooned, awkward, brand new, alive non-titan feels like me.
The more I feel that hum, the more I know who I am. I’m a writer, I make stuff up, I imagine. That part of the job, that’s living the dream. That’s the dream of the job. Because a dream job should be a little bit dreamy. I said yes to less work and more play. Titans need not apply. Want to play? Thank you.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because Tahera Barney asked me to. So if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you would like me to profile next, please leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.
I’d also love to know, what did Shonda say that really had a big impact on you? What was your favorite clip? What lesson did you learn and why? Please leave it down in the comments below. I’m going to join in the discussion.
Thank you 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.
You might also like
More from Motivation
Watch Evan Carmichael’s Top 10 Rules For Success video. Famous Entrepreneur Quotes Evan Carmichael's Quotes "Changing my environment had a dramatic impact …
Watch Mark Hamill’s Top 10 Rules For Success video. Famous Entrepreneur Quotes Mark Hamill's Quotes "I love the allure, the danger, of …
Watch Brandon Beck’s Top 10 Rules For Success video. Famous Entrepreneur Quotes Brandon Beck's Quotes "Whether you think you can do it, …