Why You Should Start Out Your Career Disappointed
Everyone knows your first job sucks, but your second job should be great, right? Actress Sarah Paulson suggests it might actually be better if your
Sarah Paulson has started getting a lot of starring roles lately, most notably in hit shows American Horror Story and The People vs. O.J. Simpson. However, she's been a relatively obscure actress for a long time. To prove the point, you probably forgot she was the woman in the hologram at the end of Serenity . She got that role more than ten years into her career, according to IMDb .
Most of us would bristle at the thought of doing mostly minor
If my career had turned out like the fantasy I had of what it was going to be, it would never have made me happy. But I couldn't have known that until it didn't happen. I found a success that is so much bigger and deeper and better, and it's because it happened later. If any of what I'm having happen now-the successes-would have happened to me when I was younger, I would have been ruined. Because when you're young, and things come super easily to you, and you have success right out of the gate, you're liable to think that's how it actually works. You start to think you don't need to be fully prepared or committed to have these things meet you.
You also have the benefit of being forced to work harder. When success comes easy, it's tempting to slack off. You're already at the top of your game, why bother working hard? It may feel grueling or unrewarding, but if you're struggling early in your career, take it as a positive and let it motivate you to improve rather than getting discouraged over temporary "failure."
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