Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Most Important Ingredient For Success

The end of 2010 leads many to reflect on New Year’s resolutions. Yet, there is an ingredient for success that must exist before any New Year's Resolution gets off the ground. This ingredient is important because a career in voice overs, or any form of entertainment, is a career where one seeks approval from complete strangers for artwork created, in order to be paid to fund more creating. It is a career where one wakes up everyday to start a new job search. It feels impossible without the most important ingredient for success...Love

Love serves every person as a foundation; a cornerstone engraved with a purpose. Love serves as a free pass for when the entire world seems to say “STOP!’, but you say, ‘GO!’. Love serves as confidence and a safety net to make choices when others think you have gone crazy. Love makes you right when all signs, all people, and all opinions, tell you that you are wrong. Love gives an artist the ability to romanticize the times they are considered, ‘Struggling’. Love just makes living life, and sharing, much easier.

In that respect, Love is the ultimate wisdom, for without it we will never be sure why we are building a career in a business considered to be ‘unreal’ by those whom have never dared try it. This is the one career that demands a person love him/herself, support group, and belief in his/her own talent, before they can even get started as a business. Love is most important, simply because if one does not love what they do, feel loved, or have no love in life, they may never know how good it feels to share what makes them special with the rest of the world. Love is the ultimate force against negativity, and that voice that says, ‘It's ok if you make a fool of yourself....I still love ya’.’ Love also helps people take responsibility for what they do.

For me, Love was a voice that said, “Hey it is fine that you want to quit your Wall St. job at AIG, and work as a manager at a website with staff in Latin America despite the fact you do not speak Spanish. We can buy Rosetta Stone. No big deal.” Love is also that voice that leads one to make smart decisions, and smile at challenges. Love drives people to express; when there is doubt one is being too 'mushy'. I had doubts of writing this, but my wife expressed, ‘You should not be shy especially because you sleep well at night knowing the company you work for loves the people they serve everyday. Be thankful.’ Love, for all its magic, brings us back down to earth, humble, and understanding.

Love will carry Voice123 into 2011 and beyond because it is a creation based on loving intentions for helping a loved one find voice over work. When Love is well-placed, it is impossible to deny.

What ‘Love’ inspires you to carry on into 2011, and for years to come?

Happy New Year from Voice123, and may 2011 be exciting and prosperous!

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Larry Murphy said...

For so many years I heard people say that I was kidding myself in thinking I could make a career in voice over. As a result, I let myself listen to the naysayers and did nothing to change my thinking. Then my family stepped in and with their love and support I became convinced that I could become a successful voice over artist. It was their love that helped me. Family love is what makes us all strong and determined to succeed. Do you agree?

The Voice123 Team said...

Completely agree! For years I tried to do this on my own and refused help, believing I would be giving up.

It was only after starting a family of my own that I realized what they were trying to do.

Family can lay the foundation for success!

Steve Royal said...

Hi Steven,
I don't know that I can agree with you.
Love is an irrational absolute. It is without condition or future promise of reward or expected result.
Love can be illogical, insane and euphoric.
Love is personal.
It involves, purely, individuals. Not organisations.
Love is not and CAN NOT be felt in a business/client relationship. Businesses exist to make money. People in love exist to be in love-with another PERSON.
Love cannot be seen as an emotional connection between a business and their clients.
Love is personal. Love is private. Love is only felt between individuals-not business interests.
I would question the motives of a business who professes to instill 'love' with or among their clients.
I daresay that nobody will have the courage to publish this comment.
meh. No matter. I can always put it on facebook....

Steve Royal

Anonymous said...

NOTHING inspires like LOVE! Thank you a thousand times for reminding us ALL that there is enough magic in LOVE to cover anything and everything! Your BLOG was/is a real BOOST!

BingoBongo said...

Thanks for writing this article, fears of mushiness and all. I'm known to friends and family and most of all to myself as a responsible, generous, and "very competent" person. I'm the one who judges me the hardest in these terms, and I can relate to the fears you wrote about. My husband, son, and siblings are cheering me on.

Anonymous said...

This writing is very helpful as it is a struggle to move my voice-over career to the next level. I will do everything possible to find that success. Love starts with my self reaching out to others and being fully experienced by having the deep love of God in my heart and body. Thank you for expressing the importance of love so beautifully.

from Earl Thomas "THE VOICE" in Burnaby BC

Anonymous said...

The most "inclusive" way I can think of sayin' it is: