Favorite Quotes: Volume III

“There are potentially more talented writers and directors than I working in shoe stores and Burger Kings across the nation; the difference is I was willing to put in the nine years of effort and they weren’t.”
– 3 time Academy Award nominee, Frank Darabont

This blog should be categorized under REALLY favorite quotes, because the quote is such a good one.

How many people do you know that say, “I’ve got this great idea,” and nothing ever happens with it.

How many people do you know that criticize other’s people’s work, always saying how they could do better . . . but they never do.

I bet you know lots of people like this.  I bet, at times, you’re even one of them.

I know I am.

It’s hard not to be one of those people, because it’s so much easier to sit back, watch an episode of American Idol, and let someone else do the hard (and scary) stuff.

So what’s the secret to becoming more like Frank?

Sorry, no over-priced pharmaceutical can help.  No Tony Robbins-style self help book is gonna do it either.

You just have to keep promises to yourself.  You keep them to your boss, right?  You keep them to your husband or wife, right?  Why, because you “have to”?  Why not keep them to yourself for the same reason.

The next time you say you’re going to do something, shut off the American Idol and start.  There’s always Tivo.  You can always watch it later.  When you finish.

Ironically, Idol started as just an idea once.  A pretty simple one, actually.  And I’d bet a bunch of other people in shoe stores and Burger Kings had the same one (Ooooooh, I bet they are bitter now!).

I’d keep writing now, but I have to go.  I promised a good buddy of mine that I’d do something for him.

To read the article that Frank wrote that contained the above quote, click here.

  • OldBetty says:

    You know, this is the same reason I always loved the line “Don’t Dream It, Be It” from Rocky Horror. I honestly don’t believe too much in dreams. Life is ONLY what you’re doing or working towards doing. I hate people who sit around going “I hope I can do this.” The only thing anyone should be saying to themselves is “How can I do this?”
    “How can I do this?” Ask yourself that. Or Better yet: “How am I going to do this?” Realistically anything is truly possible- and we’re smart creatures.
    If you don’t know how to do something- learn.
    Want a secret? Smart people who are successful 9 times out of 10 will do something really stupid: they’ll answer your questions.
    If you know how to do something- you’ve discovered the secret and you wanna be the only one doing it right shouldn’t you keep that to yourself?
    But no- they wanna feel smart- so they’ll go on an ego trip telling you how they did it.
    I guess maybe they’re smarter and knowing that 9 out of 10 people won’t apply themselves.

  • Jason says:

    Hey Ken. This post reminded me of my first time on a real Hollywood film set. I was as an extra on the movie “The Majestic”. We were shooting on Hollywood Blvd. at Mann’s Chinese theatre. They had shut down the street and there were camera-cranes and old cars everywhere. I must have looked like I was having the time of my life, because as I stood there in my 1950’s period costume and watched the crew set up a shot, someone from behind me said “It’s all pretty cool, Huh?” I turned and there was Frank Darabont with his hands in his pockets and a big smile on his face. He was having just as much fun as I was. I always remembered what he said. Not only did he keep his promise to himself but he goes to work everyday loving what he does.

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