JUST SHOW UP
It's been a month to the day that I moved to LA from Chicago. Most of my boxes are unpacked and there are bits of paper and LEGO pieces strewn around the floor.
You would think the "newness" of everything would bring with it a level of excitement, but I for me there's a level of anxiety that I can't seem to shake.
The things that were familiar to me while I was in Chicago aren't here: the friends I'd see at open mics or shows, people who I liked to write with or bounce ideas off of or even watching the Bachelorette with my old roommate. Those things are gone, and creatively Jonathan feels like he needs to get his groove back.
So many people move to a city like LA or New York to "make it" and although that was never really my motivation there comes a little bit of pressure with the potential of that idea. Admittedly, I was ready for a change of pace for sure, but I was never delirious enough to think that once I got here magical things would happen. Regardless of your field, whether it's entertainment or business, there is no such thing as an overnight success.
We get enthralled though with stories of celebrities like Jerrod Carmichael or Chance the Rapper who seem to come out of no where. Truth be told, these guys have been grinding it out for years before they got their big break. There are no shortcuts to success, no performance enhancing underwear for greatness. (first reference to PEUs...there will be more)
One of my all-time favorite athletes is Cal Ripken Jr. aka "Iron Man" (also my favorite comic book character) who is a legend in Major League Baseball. Cal Ripken is the legend not Tony Stark.
Ripken won two Golden Glove Awards was a 19-time All Star and was twice named MVP. Most impressively Ripken holds the record for consecutive games played at 2,632 all without any PEUs. (Refernce #2)
Did Ripken show up for his first day of spring training, and say
"I think I want to play the most consecutive games in the MLB?"
I don't know, we're not close like that...but I really doubt it. What he did do was just show up. Over and over and over again. Iron Man just showed up each day probably despite aches and pains, bad games, self-doubt or any of the things that plague us in our everyday lives.
I'd never want to be a one-hit wonder. I would like to be known as someone who is consistent and productive day in and day out. What would it be like to be known as the Cal Ripkin of comedy or whatever it is that you do? I think it'd be pretty impressive and a goal worth aiming for. So whatever it is that you do, just show up and be yourself. Unless you can be Cal Ripkin than always be Cal Ripkin.