Success is defined in so many different ways.
When I first started working in the television business, I thought I would be successful if I could JUST get my foot in the door.
It started with an unpaid internship where I would distribute the mail and cover for other secretaries when they would take their breaks.
I worked hard (for no money), but eventually landed my own desk with an actual salary.
The “glamorous” tasks of being a Hollywood assistant included scheduling meetings, answering phones, running errands, getting coffees and lunches for other people, and picking up dry cleaning. Needless to say, I wanted more.
I thought that if I could just get my own office and have creative responsibilities, I would FINALLY be successful.
It took me three years to land my first executive job at ABC, where I was given my own office (albeit windowless) and a modicum of creative responsibility. It was sadly very anti-climactic.
So, I continued to set more goals. Bigger title. Bigger office (or at least one with a window). Better salary. More autonomy. More recognition.
After many years of navigating my way through the various network and studio jobs, I was finally attending red carpet shows, and working my way up through the corporate food chain.
Eventually, I landed the top creative position for a cable network, a corner office (lots of windows), had my own staff, and was instrumental in overseeing dozens of successful shows.
By most definitions, I finally found success.
While I don’t think there is a magic recipe for success, I do believe it is some combination of hard work, patience, and perseverance.
And as Woody Allen famously said, “Success is eighty percent showing up.”
But I also believe there is a key mindset piece that is fundamental to achieving success.
Happy Wednesday and Happy Listening!
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