I didn’t know this, but Louis C.K. turned down a cushy $500,000/year job with Conan in the 90’s to do comedy on his own terms: going broke, and performing at proms on the road just to work his material.
By the late 90’s some would say he was already one of the best comedians in the world, and still he wasn’t finished.
He began the clean slate approach to writing every January 1, which hardly nobody does. He got more authentic with his material: talking family and getting personal. He wrote a movie, then wrote, produced, starred, directed in TV shows (both failures and successes). C.K. faced rejection after rejection for his ideas, but never quit creating.
He is someone who doesn’t take no for an answer and someone who is constantly forging his own path, despite the many obstacles.
James Altucher ends it well:
“He’s my favorite [comedian] because he invested in himself and not the opinions of others. He invested in himself and not the gatekeepers.
I want to be like him when I grow up.”
PS … it only took me an hour or so and a whole lot of wailing laughter to find a clip that I thought wouldn’t offend someone.
I leave you with this: Who do you wanna be like when you grow up?
Kat Hurley is a transformational author, inspirational storyteller, and live your dream life coach, making over motivation @The Year of Magical Dreaming. For the full 411, visit kathurley.com, yo!