I was watching an interview with Hugh Jackman yesterday on the airplane…and he said something that struck a chord with me. He said…and totally paraphrasing here…”Until you embrace the chance of completely utterly falling on your face, I mean…really looking bad…then you will never be able to truly live. Because you spend all your time trying to look good instead of really taking a chance.”

It’s not the first time I have heard this and I am sure that it won’t be the last. However, it has been a while since I have had those words spoken to me. A great deal of people spend their life avoiding looking bad or always trying to look good. I can honestly tell you that for the past 6 months, I have forgotten about the benefits of giving up those two concepts and opening myself up to living life versus directing its sexiness. Paralyzed because of what others will think. Stuck in the mud because of an inability to decide. Why? I was afraid of looking bad while doing it. It wasn’t the fear of doing the work – no, it was the fear of the work not paying off. Ahh…yes, there’s the answer.

Everyone who ever made it has to start off as the little guy. They must be the unknown. They must first look up at the gigantic mountain in front of them, and say, “Im getting to the top come hell or high water!” They must create themselves from nothing besides an idea. But if that idea and belief is strong enough in their mind it is tangible. No one else can see it or touch it…but the one who carries it always has it at the tip of their fingers. That idea is infectious and consumes their day. They aren’t merely interested in it…they are committed to it. To them…that’s life. Anything else is mediocrity.


Evan Sanders
The Better Man Project