Cosbyology

I recently read Cosbyology by the one and only.

Bill Cosby has always been an inspiration to me, and not just because he’s black and worth 8 or 9 figures, although that helps. I admire everyone who does what they want to in life. Your Oprahs, Cosbys, and Diddys come to mind, but there are many success stories out there (and many, many more life stories that are mediocre at best.)

What ever it is you’re trying to achieve in life, obstacles will come. In the book, Dr. Cosby writes about a night very early in his career–before TV or even college–when he convinced himself he wasn’t funny and didn’t deserve to be performing at the club where he had been invited. He kept telling himself this, and sure enough, he got on stage and bombed tremendously. He was seriously ready to quit showbiz. Think about how different things would be for him and so many others in the world if he had definitively talked himself out of his great destiny that night.

Somehow, he decided to get back on stage that very same evening and the rest is history.

Cosby once said (not in this book), “It’s OK to dream, but at some point you have to wake up,” meaning in order to accomplish anything of magnitude, we have to work. Work our way past obstacles, work when we don’t feel like it, work when we’re criticized, work when even we think our finished product isn’t that great.

That’s a lot of work, which is why we may as well enjoy what it is we have chosen to do.

Well, what if we don’t enjoy what we do? What if our job sucks?

Good question. There are a few options.

1.You can quit the job you hate and start doing what you love. You may suffer financially as a result, but with a little faith and a lot of strategy, you can monetize just about any endeavor, if that’s what you really need to do.

2. You can change your attitude. What you consider to be a crap job isn’t inherently crappy. There are at least 2 or 3 other people who would gladly wake up every day and fill that role. Count your blessings, be grateful for what you have. Look at life from a positive frame of mind, and things will begin to get better for you.

3. You can employ a healthy mix of 1 and 2. Look an the bright side of the crap job you have, even if the only bright side is the paycheck. At the same time, start doing what you really want to do in your spare time.

But I can’t. By the time I get home, eat, and unwind, it’s time to go to bed so I can get up and go back to the job that drains my soul…..

If you think you can’t, you’re right, as they say. But what’s the alternative? Just keep going to the crap job, coming home passing out and getting up the next morning in time to go back, all the while merely dreaming of being the next Bill Cosby?

I am a huge fan of dreaming, meditating, visualizing, and praying. Frankly, I don’t see how one could succeed with out first being in a successful frame of mind for a sustained period. But at some point, what you think and believe have to begin to coincide with what you do everyday. Once you decide what you want to do, you may have to wake up earlier, turn off the TV, skip the party, be as productive as possible while commuting, seek out new acquaintances with similar interests, and/or listen to that still small voice and do what it says. I happen to believe we all have the potential to be wildly successful like all the others we admire. Take a step in that direction today, and then keep going.

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