Last night I had a dream that I was watching a movie with friends. They had seen it before, but I had never seen it. Two characters, one of whom was played by Robin Williams, were writers, and the entire movie hinted that they were going to release major new books. However, we got to the end of the movie, and in a shocking reveal, two entirely different characters release acclaimed new books.
My friends and I looked at each other and erupted in a stream of “What!”, “No way!” and “I don’t get it…”. To my surprise, my friends were just as bewildered as I was: the movie was different than the previous time they had seen it. When my friends saw it before, Robin Williams and the other hinted character got their book releases. As we sat and processed this mysterious movie, I suddenly woke up.
I’ve heard an illustration that goes: a renowned doctor dies and goes to Heaven, and he meets God. He was a world-famous humanitarian, a loving husband and father, and had helped countless people. The doctor asks, “How was my life?” and God says, “Great! But you were supposed to be an actor.”
I’ve been thinking about missed opportunities. What if right before J.K. Rowling released Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, another writer had a more brilliant teen wizard idea, but sat on their ass and never acted on it? What if before Stephenie Meyer released Twilight, there was an even better teen vampire romance novel out there, but the author never had the guts to share it?
I’m reading #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, the 30-year-old — yes, 30! — CEO of fashion retailing juggernaut Nasty Gal. In her early 20’s, she was literally dumpster diving, living on friends’ couches, unemployed, and a community college dropout. She tells her story: “2006: I open up an eBay shop called Nasty Gal Vintage. 2014: I am the CEO of a $100-million-plus business with a fifty-thousand-square-foot office in Los Angeles, a distribution and fulfillment center in Kentucky, and three hundred and fifty employees.”
My favorite quote early in the book: “My mom says that when I was five, I got a red string and ran across the playground with it trailing after me. All of the other kids asked what it was, and I told them it was a kite. Soon everyone had red strings, and we all ran together, our kites high in the sky. …When you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you, too.”
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