I’ve been thinking about Oprah a lot this week. My sister taught me a good lesson that Oprah taught her. She said: Success is When Preparation Meets Opportunity. I can’t help but think this “Clancy” movie has already been an amazing opportunity, but with people actually having the chance to go see it, the opportunity gains more and more value. I hope a ton of people go out to see it this weekend, and that they are inspired and encouraged—and that they cry when they hear my song “Precious Memories.” So, I’ve been trying to get prepared. But how in the world do you prepare for something like this?
There have been a couple of options for me this week: 1) Dismiss it as really nothing. I’m blowing things out of proportion by even getting excited about the what-might-happens, 2) Work hard on preparing my website and music just in case all the stars line up and there’s suddenly interest in my tune.
It’s so easy to pick #1—I’m very familiar with this one. Why work hard at something so hard, knowing the chances are extremely slim that anything out of the ordinary will ever happen? It’s so much easier to act like I don’t care. But in truth, I care a ton about what happens with my career. Heck, I’ve worked a lot of years, and swam through a lot of murky waters, trying to locate amazing opportunities—like getting an original song placed in PRIME location in a film shown in theaters around the country.
Even writing this, I’m tempted to think I’m just being stupid. “Don’t get your hopes up. You’ll only be disappointed,” the voices say. But I’m convinced there’s a huge difference between having false expectations of great things happening and being fully prepared for those great things that could possibly happen.
I’d hate to be the person that wasn’t ready, just because he thought he was being silly.