Living with Purpose
Yesterday I was listening to an interview with actress Carrie-Ann Moss on the School of Greatness Podcast. It was cool to gain some insight into the challenges she overcame to become an actress. For those not familiar with Carrie-Ann Moss, she played Trinity in the Matrix Trilogy. She revealed how she had to work three part-time jobs to pursue her craft. Working extra jobs to support your vision is not a novel concept. People have been hustling to support their craft this way for years. What caught my attention was when she said that she turned down higher paying jobs to do the Matrix, even though the first movie in this Trilogy paid her very little money. You see, at the time of auditioning for the role of Trinity, she was relatively unknown. Sure she was a working actress already but nothing major. The first movie paid her so little that she contemplated working a part-time job between shooting and and the actual release. She had no idea how her life was about to change.
Carrie-Ann Moss had a clear understanding of the type of films she wanted to be a part of. That is why she was able to turn down other roles, even though they paid well. She had no clue that the Matrix would become what it became. And she wasn’t alone. It’s been said that Actor Will Smith actually turned down the role of Neo. This is a great example of what can happen when you have a clear vision of what you want to do. When your vision is clear you have no problem turning down opportunities that don’t align with your purpose.
What’s your purpose? What’s your vision? Is there anything that you’ve always been dying to do? If you could do anything in your life all day everyday and you knew that you could not fail, what would it be? These are question that can get you started on finding your purpose. Checkout the episode with Carrie-Ann Moss http://lewishowes.com/podcast/carrie-anne-moss/.