When Everything You Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough

George Bernard Shaw: Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1925

During the recent Cannes Lions festival, the world’s biggest gathering of celebrities and professionals from around the world interested in creativity, one wildly popular guest shared his sobering view from above.

In his climb to the top, Will Smith lost focus. While his fans marveled at his box-office stardom, he was struggling with his own sense of purpose. Smith acknowledges a reality about himself that many other celebrities and rock stars have experienced, generally off stage and behind the curtain:

“I had so much success that I started to taste global blood and my focus shifted from my artistry to winning. I wanted to win and be the biggest movie star,” said Will Smith. “I found myself promoting something because I wanted to win versus promoting something because I believed in it.”

Inside all of us something stirs that, once unleashed, can make any dream or desire come true. But what if everything we ever wanted isn’t enough?

The voice within whispers, “You can do it. You have what it takes. Keep at it. Be patient. Get on purpose, get off outcome, because success without fulfillment is failure.”

On the flip side, no one captures the meaning of success and fulfillment like Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw (and he never even mentions these words!):

“This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.
Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”


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