My friend, Alan Mulally former CEO of Ford and Boeing, and the foreword writer for our new book, Work Is Love Made Visible, told me recently that he was planning to go see the remake of the movie A Star Is Born with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. In talking with him a little about the movie and the talented “stars”, I was inspired to go see it myself!
A movie that originally came out in 1937, A Star Is Born has been remade 3 times. I’ve seen all three of the remakes, and have yet to see the original. Personally, I’ve loved all three versions. It’s interesting to me that while the details, characters, and time period change, the basic story remains the same and it is proving timeless. It hasn’t been remade as many times as Romeo and Juliet or The Three Musketeers, certainly, but it is moving up the list of most remakes of a movie.
Spoiler Alert! In general, an older male star, who has an addiction problem, meets a talented young woman. He loves her talent and style, and they fall in love. He connects her to everyone who is anyone in the “business, and she is an overnight sensation. He cleans up a bit. They marry. Then her success becomes a problem for him. While her career rises, she tries to also make him feel better about her fame. It doesn’t work. Then he ruins her most important moment to date, be it Oscars or Grammys. The end is tragic.
I love the story of A Star Is Born, and that would have been enough for me enjoy the movie. This time though, the lead character, Jackson Maine, says something that I think every “wanna-be” and established writer, speaker, or communicator might find useful in tapping the well of inspiration. I sure did.
As a warning to Ally of the blackhole of writer’s block or loss of creativity due to fame and fortune and pressure to “write the next hit”, Jackson Maine tells her:
“If there’s one reason we’re supposed to be here is to say somethin’ so people wanna hear it. So you gotta grab it and don’t apologize. You don’t worry about why they’re listenin’ or how long they’re gonna be listening for. You just tell ‘em what you wanna say.”
And, that’s it. This, to me, is a perfect description of the infinite language of the heart.
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Our new book Work Is Love Made Visible was published Tuesday, October 23, 2018!
Work Is Love Made Visible is a compilation book with about 30 essays about the power of finding your purpose and taking action on it from some of the world’s greatest thought leaders. It’s edited by my friend, hero, and mentor Frances Hesselbein (former CEO of The Girl Scouts of America and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient), #1 Leadership Thinker and NYT best-selling author Marshall Goldsmith, and me and I am thrilled that it is finally available to everyone!