On the Ron & Fez show, super-host Ron Bennington reminds us all that Joe “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” Jackson actually recorded a song with… William Shatner. A cover of Pulp’s “Common People.”
Is it a great song? Is it catchy? Maybe, maybe not, but there’s a lesson in it: he made it anyway, and then kept going. I recognize that Shatner is not typically thought of as a motivational figure, but this is a guy who punched in in 1958 and has yet to take lunch. 30+ movies (including The Brothers Karamazov), Star Trek(s), TJ Hooker, 3rd Rock From The Sun, The Practice(s), 4 albums, over a dozen books… maybe they’re not all classics but he is evidently not wasting time on interpron.
He’s reached a level of fame and wealth beyond most of our dreams, but he has something that is probably much more valuable: longevity, activity, flow. And he doesn’t let success or failure slow him down. Most other people would be satisfied, or discouraged, after making only one picture or album; and while some of us lack the commitment to complete even one side project, he barrels through multiple ones in multiple areas. Does he seem young to you? He’s 80 this month.
Most people think the hardest part are the technicalities, “I have a great idea, but how do you actually publish? How do you actually record? Where do I get an agent? A distributor?” But anyone who’s completed two or more projects will tell you that’s rationalization, the hardest part is always the internal commitment, talent a distant second, and everything else doesn’t even register. Get to work.
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