Here's Proof That Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Posted: 5/29/2015 3:53:13 PM by Global Marketing
Bruce Kasanoff
Original Post

A friend of mine – her name is Lisa Gold – perceives herself as a private person. Or at least that’s what she told me when I asked her how she managed to write two TV series pilots, a feature film screenplay and a film short…all without ever mentioning her interest in writing for film or TV.

It turns out that Lisa wanted to see results before she opened her mouth publicly. By publicly, I mean outside her house. Her parents and sister didn’t know, nor did her colleagues and friends. She waited until she not only had finished multiple works, but also had a project accepted by a film festival.

Over the past year, her film short, Belly Kisses:
  • Was named a semifinalist in the 2014 Vail Film Festival
  • Won the 2014 Bronze for a short screenplay from the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
  • Was selected for the 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival
Lisa displayed the confidence to set a goal far outside of anything she had done before. Her day job is designing and opening new retail stores for highly successful retailers; she’s taking writing just as seriously as she takes the needs of her clients.

She displayed the competence to create excellent work – I read her first TV pilot, Lone Wolf - which required a great deal of planning, polishing and execution. This isn’t a hobby for Lisa; it is a new way to use her significant creative talents.

She had the discipline to stick with what must have – at times – felt like an audacious goal. This means that what drives Lisa is a force inside her.

In contrast, here’s what many people do.

1. They use the word “ought” too much. You know what I mean. Their conversation is filled with tidbits such as “I ought to lose weight” or “I ought to quit my job and start a company.”

2. They try a new direction for a few days or weeks, then they quit. How much adversity can a person encounter in a few days? No serious commitment can be defeated that quickly. Anyone who gives up so easily wasn’t defeated by the challenge at hand, but instead by their lack of commitment.

3. They desire a new direction, but never have the courage to put themselves on the line. That would be like Lisa writing a screenplay, but then shoving it in a drawer instead of submitting it to a film festival.

Once Lisa “received some external validation,” she wasn’t shy about spreading the word. I heard about both her screenplay success and the first TV pilot script via her posts on Facebook. To her credit, when I asked for permission to write this article, Lisa immediately agreed, saying, “No such thing as bad publicity, just no publicity right?”

Each of us has more talents than we are actively using. Instead of letting yours sit idle for years, quietly start to dust off and begin using your hidden talents. Don’t waste time and energy talking about your intentions; focus on actually turning a latent skill into tangible outcomes.
When you have something of value to show for your efforts, proudly step forward and tell others.