Good Friday morning to you, the end of another five-day work week. I have one last day of standing out in your world. I want to use the lives of an actor who, in the past few years, I have noticed a lot. No matter what role he plays, he always seems to stand out in that role.
Early last week while sitting at home we caught a movie that got Gwynne and me to talking about how the actor Stanley Tucci just excels in every role he plays. He makes you believe that he was the perfect fit for that role, even though the roles are all very different from each other. The movies we have seen him in lately are Burlesque, Easy A, The Devil Wears Prada, American Sweethearts, Julie & Julia. I want you to think of his roles in each of those movies. Now think about how different each role was, yet he played them so well you thought he was a different person each time.
In every one of those movies he plays a “secondary” or supportive role; he wasn’t the main star. He pulled off each of those roles with such a defining character that he just stands out in his acting. Well, his job is an actor, and being able to pull off any role the way he does makes him stand out at his job. That is what we are working on this week in life: excelling where you are so you stand out.
In my life, I have had to play many different roles, from manager, to assistant, to laborer, to sales. As an entrepreneur, I’ve had to do all those jobs at the same time. We have to pull off many roles and make it seem like we are the star at that post at the time we are playing it. One of the many things I have learned in my growth in business is one of the RockStar rules that I picked up from Craig Duswalt: focus on the one thing you are good at and become successful. The way he uses it is F= follow, O=one, C=course, U=until, S=successful.
Well, when working as an entrepreneur you may have to play many roles to get started. You have to learn to play the many parts, to act the best you can to pull off the job at hand to get your business running. So take this last lesson on standing out and learn to do whatever you have to do to make others think you are the best at it.
For years I had many small jobs and whatever I had to do, I did it the best I could. If at any point I was failing at it, if I had to get a pep talk from a boss that I was falling behind, it became a refocus and I made a new plan to succeed. I was not going to be the person who brought the ship down.
In your life, you may be at a point you need to learn new things. Maybe you are the person who is the expert playing all the small roles. I may not have always been the star, but I have enjoyed those small roles and played them with a sincere heart, to the point that you would think I was meant to play those roles.
So as we close our week on standing out, no matter what role you are playing at this point in your life, play that role as if you were meant to do it; play it to be a star. You never know who is watching and when, out of the crowd, someone will tap you on the shoulder and offer you the starring role in the next place in your life.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Act like the star in every level you must play and become the RockStar in your world.