Monday, January 21, 2019

For all the ways in which the world today falls short of utopia

Gaffigan is one of the most successful comedians in the world. 

He collaborates extensively with his wife, the quiet powerhouse who writes, edits and produces their comedy programs behind the scenes. 

During a recent interview on a showbiz podcast, she shared an insight that every freelancer and artist and entrepreneur in history should hear:

Every six months, the opportunity of a lifetime is going to come by, and you’re not going to get it. 

That sentence should be printed on large block letters and hung on the walls of every office on the planet. It’s the perfect grounding mantra for creatives. A practical reminder that our capacity for calm depends on our level of expectation. 

And so, if we’re sitting around all day pathetically waiting for that one email, that one phone call, that one chance meeting, that we just know is going to change everything and set us free and take our career to the next level, we’re not really living. We’re waiting. 

Now, that doesn’t suggest we should stuff our excitement deep down inside ourselves and pretend we aren’t interested. There’s nothing wrong with getting carried away by our own enthusiasm. 

But only for about a day. Because the stars in our eyes have a limited shelf life. It’s best we give thanks for the opportunity, assume we’re not going to get it, and then move on to something else. 

That way, instead of wasting time and energy brooding over our precious lost opportunities, we can trust that there will be more. 

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Is expectation still the track your train runs on? 
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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  
scott@hellomynameisscott.com
www.nametagscott.com

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