One of my favorite actors is Tom Hanks. You may know him as the character from one of his many top rated movies. At the Golden Globes he took the time to share some wisdom gained from experience that made me think of Mr. Rogers, who Hanks has just portrayed on screen. Fred Rogers, known to most as simply Mr. Rogers said this: “It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life that ultimately nourish our souls. It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is firm. ” Hanks urged us to pay attention to what truly mattered in life and honored his family as well as the many actors who he said made it possible for him to do what he did so well throughout this illustrious career.
Hanks shared what he learned from his first professional job, as an intern at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. He said he and his fellow interns showed up to rehearsals after doing a little too much partying the previous night. The director wasn’t having it.
“He screamed at us,” said Hanks. “You know what your job is?” the director asked. “You have got to show up on time, and you have to know the text, and you have to have a head full of ideas. Otherwise I can’t do my job.”
And there it is, a simple, brilliant, three step-formula for success:
Show up on time, know the text, and have a head full of ideas.
Hanks said, “that was the greatest lesson a young actor could learn.” In reality, if we all would do these three things, it would benefit us greatly, regardless of what our task or the job we were doing might be.
Fred Rogers also said this: “The urge to make and build seems to be an almost universal human characteristic. It goes way beyond meeting our need for survival and seems to be the expression of some deep-rooted part of being human. . . . But we don’t have to understand all of someone else’s creative efforts. What’s important is that we communicate our respect for their attempts to express what’s inside themselves.” I think Mr. Rogers would have agreed with the 3 great things simply told, that Tom Hanks shared, – “Show up on time, know the text, and have a head full of ideas.” Thank you Mr. Hanks, for sharing these life lessons – I am sharing them with our audience of young aspiring entrepreneurs to urge them to take your advice to heart so that they may have the greatest opportunity to bring their best to each job they undertake and as they hope to be the idea makers and innovators of tomorrow, I urge them to show up on time, know the text and bring the head full of ideas that will help to make that possible!
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