I probably would never have put Steve Harvey on this list of people I admire as a Media Mogul about a year ago. Mostly because I hadn’t really saw him that way until I started researching just how many things he had a role in within the media industry. There was once a time where you would here the name Steve Harvey and the first word that came to mind was Comedian. Now there are so many other things that would fit in a description of him.
He fought hard to be noticed for something other than just being a Comedian and to be respected as a true change within the media industry. And he did so with some simple principles that he follows from lessons that he has learned while on his journey. I wanted to share some of those simple principles and lessons with you and hopefully they will help you in your journey as they are beginning to help me in mine.
1.) Taking Care of You Has to Take Precedence— If you don’t take care of yourself, then you won’t be around to take care of the family and people that you love. You won’t be able to accomplish the things you dream of doing. Health is a priority that far too many people take for granted and keeping yourself healthy is going to allow you to build up your endurance and stamina to work hard to get the things that you want and to hold onto the things that you want.
2.) Some Rules Are Meant to Be Broken for All the Right Reasons— Of course most rules should be adhered to in general. However, there are times when it is okay to toss the rule book out the window. Rules like “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” or “always have a plan B,” are rules that people will tell you to live by because it’s the practical thing to do. It makes sense for some, but for those out of the ordinary people whose dreams go way beyond the scope of anyone’s imagination, those particular rules only set you up to fail. Some rules truly were made to be broken.
3.) Just Because Other People Place You in a Box Doesn’t Mean You Have to Remain There— Just because people label you as one thing, doesn’t mean that is the label you have to accept. Everyone put Steve Harvey in the box as Comedian and that was it. Just another one trick pony. But that is not where he chose to stay. He didn’t want to just be known as a comedian. So he stepped out of that box and became an Actor who not only went and took on acting roles but who actually got his own television show, a Radio Host of a nationally syndicated radio program, an Author of a book that is now a major motion picture, and now a television game show and talk show host. See what can happen when you think outside of the box.
4.) If You Don’t Work Hard for Your Dream, No One Else is Going To— You can’t expect other people to work hard to help you get where you want to be if you aren’t willing to work ten times as hard. The goals and dreams you are working towards are yours, no one else’s. If it means you have to wake up early and go to bed late in order to make things happen, then that’s what you are going to have to do. Yes it is wonderful if you manage to surround yourself with a team of people who are on your side and are working to help you further your dreams, but they’re not going to work any harder then they see you working. You can’t really rely on anyone else to help you get to that place of success, just yourself. Your work ethic is what is going to get you there and it’s what’s going to keep you there.
5.) Everyone That is Around You is Not There to Help You— When you are younger you thrive on how big your social circle is. When you get older you start to realize that your circle of “friends” may be too big. What will hold you back from becoming successful like you are striving to be more than anything is having the wrong people around you. Some people are just simply too toxic to have in your life. They want to ride on your coat tales and if you don’t take them with you they will try effortlessly to drag you down right back to where you started. These are the people who, while they say they want to see you succeed, what they are really hoping you do is fail. These are the people that you don’t need around you, but you have to know that and realize that before it’s too late.
There are so many rules that you aren’t supposed to break. There are practicalities that everyone is supposed to take with you through life. But sometimes being practical is just another way of playing things safe. There is nothing wrong with saying that you have a plan for your future, you know what you want to do, what you want to be, and where you want to go in life, and focusing on that goal and that dream, without a back-up plan.
I heard once that sometimes back up plans are for those who are not really sure what it is that they want. Now I don’t mean people with multiple roles within life such as being a singer, an author, and an actress. That is simply a person who had a broad vision for their future. I mean those who go down one path and then prepare something to fall back on that is practical but not necessarily something that they are passionate about.
Why isn’t it okay to put all of your eggs in one basket if there is no other basket that you are interested in pursuing? There are all kinds of rules that people will try to make you adhere to and labels that people will place on you. Who says that you have to live by anyone else’s rules or labels but your own?
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