Weekender: Louis C. K.’s Determination

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For the New Year, I’m happy to introduce a new feature – the Weekender – where we share one brief idea that will motivate, inspire and/or just make you think. Why make it so brief? Because it’s the weekend!

On WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, comedian and filmmaker Louis C. K. was discussing the impact of seeing Heart of Darkness, a documentary on the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic movie Apocalypse Now.

It was a massive inspiration…that made me believe I could be a filmmaker…You talk about things that have been building principles for me, that [movie] had like eight of them. One of them was this guy in the movie saying the way Francis operates is if he wants to make a movie, he just starts making the movie. He doesn’t wait for permission or for even the money. He just starts making the movie. And he figures that he starts making the movie people will start joining along. 

Following your passion is contagious. Your enthusiasm, attentiveness, and excitement will draw others towards you. It’s more passive than actively trying to gain more followers, but it shows what you believe in and how you intend to get it done. It won’t convince everyone, but you need to start somewhere.

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