A friend of mine is an ex-NFL football player named Bo Eason. Bo is an incredible guy who not only made it to the pros against all odds, but after his football career ended he wrote and starred in an emotional and inspiring one-man off-Broadway play about his life.
Bo’s acting coach was the late great, Roy London (who trained many of the biggest stars in Hollywood). Early in Bo’s training Roy said, “Bo, forget about satisfaction. This is your job. This is your only job for the rest of your life.” and he handed Bo the following quote which I now pass on to you:
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and awash to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open… No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer diving dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
I’ve read that quote before (Martha Graham was a modern dance choreographer who’s influence on dance has been compared to Picasso’s influence on art). I’ve read it many times actually. But something about it this time around touched me…no grabbed and shook me actually.
Maybe it’s because I just turned forty. Then again, maybe it’s just because I’ve raised my standards for my life once again – but I think I’m really getting the hang of this “divine dissatisfaction thing”
Some people use the term “calling” to describe it.
Whatever it is, it’s that something deep down inside us that let’s us know that there’s more – that we are more than we’ve been expressing.
I’ve committed my life to keeping that channel open, and to helping others keep it open as well. So I invite you, no I challenge you to show up for the job, keep the channel open and follow the “urges that motivate you” (Of course not the urges of the addictive, self-sabotaging fearful part of you, but the urges of your soul.)
Whether you’re on somebody else’s payroll, you own your own business or you’re unemployed – it doesn’t matter…
This job isn’t about a paycheck, it’s about your destiny.
Fortunately I’ve come across one of the best ways on the planet to keep the channel open. It’s worked so well for me that it has become my life’s work. You can read my story here.