According to Ms. MacLaine
“I don’t feel there’s any difference between what you feel you have to do in your heart and success. They’re inseparable.”
Three questions I had to ask myself based on the assumption that Shirley MacLaine dropped a major truth bomb when, upon accepting the Oscar for Best Actress for her role inTerms of Endearment she made the statement above:
Does “what I feel I have to do in my heart” come from what I truly believe, as opposed to something I’ve been taught, conditioned or programmed to believe?
Do I have the conviction to act on “what I feel I have to do in my heart,” even if it doesn’t seem to make perfect sense, or actually, especially if it doesn’t make perfect sense?
Am I willing to accept that it is highly unlikely that my version of success will look like anyone else’s?
My answers to myself are:
I think so; I will check.
I hope so; I will try.
I need to be comfortable with the idea that I might be the only one who knows I’ve achieved success.
Thanks for the gut check, Ms. Maclaine. Here’s to a lady who’s not afraid to tell it like it is or strike a pose.