I live in Los Angeles, so I see Hollywood from the inside. The entertainment and media business is a tough career to follow, and it can leave a lot of bodies in the wake. At some point, all the auditions, rejections, meetings, lies, bad relationships, struggles to raise money, failures, and sheer weariness take their toll, and many eventually give up. Some ratchet down to a lower level job in the industry, but most either turn to another career or just walk away.
But it also happens in other careers
However, in most cases, what they don’t do, is look closely at why they gave up and what they gave up on. But I can tell you that if they’re willing to take that hard look, it’s amazing how often they discover a way through.
Maybe you’ve given up on your original dream. It might have been producing a movie, launching a company, writing a book, being a public speaker, starting a nonprofit – whatever.
I just want to encourage you to face it. Because you gave up on it doesn’t mean the need disappeared. Just because you gave up on it, doesn’t mean it’s still not a fire inside you.
I’ve never forgotten the quote from brilliant inventor Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Take the time today to revisit that original goal. Re-think how things have changed since you originally gave up on it. Maybe the financial, organizational, logistical, or other circumstances have changed. It could be that now is a better time to attack.
You never know until you take a look…