Jul 09

“Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You”

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

This quote by Steve Martin was mentioned during a podcast that I was listening to a couple of weeks ago.  The quote was so good it stuck with me.   Below is the context in which he offered this quote as advice.

When people ask me how do you make it in show business or whatever, what I always tell them — And nobody ever takes note of it ‘cuz it’s not the answer they wanted to hear. What they want to hear is here’s how you get an agent, here’s how you write a script, here’s how you do this — But I always say, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”  If somebody’s thinking, “How can I be really good?”, people are going to come to you. It’s much easier doing it that way than going to cocktail parties.

Although the quote was in answer to how to make it in show business, it is timeless advice for anyone.

Do you strive to be the best at what you do or are you satisfied being only “as good as” your competition.  I hope as the week goes by this quote sticks with you, too.  I hope it makes you consider what you could be doing better. It certainly did that for me.

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