So this speech from Glengarry Glen Ross was brought to my attention by this article. I think I just felt my whole world view shift.
It’s all about how the world owes you nothing. I’ve always heard this said about theatre and show business. “Show business owes you nothing. It will spit you out when it’s done with you”. But not about life. It’s all about when we say “I’m lonely/don’t have a boyfriend/don’t have the job I want/don’t make enough money” it really comes down to “I don’t have anything to offer that makes people need me around”. And it’s NOT about “I’m a nice person”. As the author says.. That’s the bare minimum people! It’s about things, skills, talents, that make people want to have you around. Because you give them what they need. We all need something. What can you give me? What do I bring to the table?
I live in world full of hopes and dreams. “Broadway dreams, Sawyer. We’ve all had ’em”.
But as my friends’ therapist said, “You can’t live in a world full of hopes and dreams”. I’ve translated that to mean, we can’t use them as currency in our lives. We can hope and dream the night away, but it doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t propel us forward. We have to DO things. We have to CREATE things. We have to work hard at improving the skills we have that people NEED. Otherwise, dreams mean nothing. All those quotes floating around the internet mean nothing as we stare at them on Pinterest and don’t act.
Wow, I’m all jazzed up.
I have been feeling so low. That’s the thing with this business (world?), when it’s up, you’ve never been higher, but the lows are crushing. And I’m low. Show’s over. No job. Living with my parents. But you know what? I can DO something. Anything. I can write this post. I can pick up my guitar. I can cook a nice meal. All these little things are helping to make me into a person with skills people need in life.
I know it’s not as simple as all this, but these points and the way they were laid out really resonated with me. I can sit around and be sad about my situation, or I can act. I can create. And I will.
Thank you for listening.
Do you get what I’m laying down here? Go read that article NOW!