I don’t write to you enough. I feel like the words I write to you here should be profound and life changing and that stops me from writing anything to you. That is a HUGE mistake.
We just had a conversation about how executing is the hardest part of doing anything. Seth Godin would call it shipping but you and I called it executing. I don’t ship on this blog enough. I don’t send you these messages as often as I should. Technology has created this unbelievable way for you and I to communicate through the ages and I don’t do it enough…I’m sorry.
Here’s the background:
You put on a great show today. You and Molly (and the rest of your second grade class) are obsessed with the movie, Frozen. Everywhere we go, kids are singing songs or quoting lines from this movie.
The other day, we were up on LI visiting with Nana, Opa and your cousins after Uncle Billy’s wedding. You and Kaitlyn broke into song. The kid at the table next to us joined in and knew all the words.
If you go into acting or movie making, it will be Frozen that lit the spark in you that got nurtured into the fire that is your passion.
Please don’t take these words as pressure to go into movies. Too many parents encourage only certain traits in their kids because they use their kids to reflect how they think about themselves.
They want to be athletes so they encourage sports.
They want to be educators so they encourage teaching.
They want to be seen as smart so they encourage math and the sciences.
I want you to know that I’ll support you no matter what direction you go.
Just go at it with your whole heart. So many people act lost because “they can’t find their passion” This is bullshit. Please don’t do that.
Here is they key: Most people don’t know what they want to do so they don’t do anything. And not doing anything is the greatest sin you can commit.
Your passion is not going to knock down walls to find you. It may gently knock on the door but it’s up to you to get up and answer. You must execute or you’ll never discover what you like.
After your show tonight you kept asking me questions about how it went. And I told you the truth:
- Everyone loved it. The joy and passion you and Molly brought to this show shined through.
- You are skilled at building an audience. You got key people in the neighborhood to come and they invited their friends. Your show had a great crowd.
- You could have prepared better. Right away you spoke about charging 25 cents for your next show – I LOVE your entrepreneurial spirit! We discussed that you need more value in order to charge and that people don’t mind small mistakes (like not having Let It Go ready to play for the show’s finale) when a show is free but if you charge, you need to plan and be ready for contingencies.
- You rocked the house! And you came up with ideas on how to improve costumes and props to create higher production value.
- Making people feel good is a worth while pursuit in life. And you seem perfectly fitted for it.
I’m not sure why I felt moved to immediately write this to you. Maybe it’s because I think about writing to you a lot but don’t do it and our conversation about executing made me feel like a hypocrite.
Maybe it’s because I see how happy you are and I want your older self to know the things that made you truly happy as a kid.
Maybe it’s because I hope you go into show business.
To be perfectly honest, I’m not really sure of my motives but sure am glad that I executed. I hope you are too!