“Do You Remember My Name….______, I’m gonna live forever, I’,m going to learn how to fly HIGH, I feel it coming together, people will see me and Cry….
Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember… !!!”
“Well you want fame, well fame costs, and this is where you start paying in sweat!”
As a teenager, I remember watching FAME rooting for my favorite characters, enjoying Irene Cara’s singing, Leroy’s dancing, and Debbie Allen’s teaching and no nonsense attitude. I can still remember thinking wow this lady is not giving them a break, but now I understand why. When you want something you have to be willing to work hard, talent is great, but it takes more than talent to get where you want to go!
Fame was just a movie, but one thing about it is true every day of you life, you will find yourself in front of people or around people who have the ability to change your life. No, they may not be as obvious as Debbie Allen, but they may yield the same power. Are you prepared for that opportunity, and if you aren’t what are you waiting for?
A quote I love is –
“Luck is where preparation meets opportunity”
You may not know exactly when the doors may swing open for you, but you want to be prepared when they show up, you don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute without the right tools to walk through that door. You may know what you want out of life, but if you are even remotely interested in ever attaining it, where have you started paying in sweat? Those students spent hours practicing, they practiced in class, alone, and in teams, they knew what they wanted was costly, but worth it. Long hours, hard work, and great work ethic every day, all day. Their talent deserved action and so does yours!
So you may be asking what should I do to get ready?
1. Be prepared when your chance comes. When those characters came to the school most of them were prepared. They cultivated their talent, and they used whatever they had available to them to do it. Some had trainers, some had teachers, some just did a lot of practicing on their own. You need to understand what being prepared is going to take, and then you need to start doing it.
2. Know What Is Required. When people came to the school they knew what kind of opportunity going there would give them, they knew it was a step that would propel them to the top. Write a list of 5-7 things you need to grow, and start working on getting them. You never have to stay where you start!
3. Have A Team Who Will Push You. Debbie Allen’s character was serious she saw talent, and she pushed. She made them mad, but she also made them better. You need people in your lives who care enough about you to tell you that wasn’t your best, so go back to work and don’t comeback until you really have something to show me! That is how you move from average to great!
Do yourself the favor of being prepared for any door that opens up in front of you. The time is now, don’t let it pass you by, be ready when it comes!
What have you been putting off that you need to do now… if your big opportunity came are you ready? Whose on your push team?