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Productivity over Perfectionism

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I read an article today about James Franco. – [click here]

tl;dr version: The first line of his wikipedia article: “James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer, author, painter, and performance artist”, which gives you an idea of just how many things he has achieved so far in life.

James doesn’t sound like the kind of person who is obsessive about getting the best grades, about being the best. He simply wants to do a lot of things, and experience many things. And through doing all of these things, he manages to be insanely successful. As the article says:

“If the work is good,” Franco says, “what does it matter? I’m doing it because I love it. Why not do as many things I love as I can? As long as the work is good.”

People no longer want to be great at one thing. They want to be great at everything. They want to be able to speak different languages, write books, do degrees, act, sing, dance, everything. However, doing too much is overwhelming. I know personally that with so many goals, whole days can be spent lying down thinking ‘what now? what do I do now? how can I do so much? shouldn’t I just give up?’. And this is the point at which many people break off, and really end up not following any of their dreams.

Alternatively, we could take a leaf out of Franco’s book, and work hard and relentlessly, every minute of every day, because we know we don’t have much time on this earth, and we have to follow our passions whilst we’re here.

According to his mother, Betsy, Franco has been this way since he was born. In kindergarten, he wouldn’t just build regular little block towers—he’d build structures that used every single block in the playroom. At night, he would organize his Star Wars toys before he slept. When Franco was 4 years old, a friend of the family died. Betsy gave him the standard Mortality Talk: no longer with us, just a part of lifeyes, but hopefully not for a very long time. Little James burst into tears. He was inconsolable. Eventually, he managed to choke out, between sobs, “But I don’t want to die! I have so much to do!”


Written by Peppidee

June 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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