Thursday, July 20, 2006
**The following is adapted from the book The Art of Acting by Stella Adler. It has been changed from addressing the actor to the entrepreneur. However the message rings true for any profession.
The Entrepreneur Is A Warrior
Some of you just sit there, not working. I'm afraid you will fade out. You must dare to work. Otherwise you'll just fade into the crowd. You must grab the platform whenever you can. Don't hold back. Go forward!
That's one reason it pays to study the military mind. It enables the entrepreneur to say, "I'm Powerful" when you are young, when you're at an age when nobody will let you be powerful.
So assume the power. Be strong. Entrepreneurs need a kind of aggression, a kind of inner force. Don't be only one-sided, sweet, nice, good. Get rid of being average. Find the killer in you.
You have grown up in a time that hates the military. Entrepreneurs hate formality. You hate regimentation. The military is degenerated in our minds. We as a country are too passive. We don't see the army's epic size.
In Moscow during the Soviet period when a general entered a room his presence was overwhelming. He wore his medals. His uniform was full of embroidery. And he knew who he was. We haven't tolerated that kind of attitude in this country for many years.
For centuries it was the army that protected a country, protective of the people. It also protected tradition. Therefore it had a strong position in society. Today it is the entrepreneur who has status in America.
I am urging you to find ways to gain size. You must see yourself as full of strength, power, and authority. You are the conductor of the orchestra, not just a player. You cannot be weak inside. The entrepreneur must sense the power, the quality, the size in building your business. If it doesn't mean anything to you, instinctively, you haven't got it.
Have A Great Day.