I was delighted to find that the last paragraph of this Harold Ramis quote is one of my very own personal mantras. It is how I live my life EVERY FUCKING MINUTE OF EVERY FUCKING DAY: BUILD ALLIANCES WITH HONEST, CREATIVE, INTERESTING, TALENTED, GENEROUS, EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE — verily SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THEM AT ALL TIMES. Believe in yourself. Believe in THEM. DON’T EVER COMPETE WITH ANYBODY BUT YOURSELF. Never be small, petty, undermining, or envious — and immediately cut out of your life, like a goddamned cancer, ANYONE WHO IS. Reciprocity, communion, inspiration, support — let these be the words that guide and compel you. And ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS celebrate, WITH ALL YOUR HEART, the great fortunes of others. Know that there is room enough at The Table for ALL who wish to be there and are willing to work for it. Now…WORK FOR IT.
That’s it. It’s really that simple. Do these things, and your life will be extraordinary…just like Harold Ramis’ was.
THIS MAN WAS A GOD:
“You have to live your life with a certain blind confidence that if it’s your destiny to succeed at these things, it will happen, if you just continue to follow a straight path, to do your work as conscientiously and as creatively as you can, and to just stay open to all opportunity and experience. There’s a performing motto at Second City…to say yes instead of no. It’s actually an improvisational rule…It’s about supporting the other person. And the corollary to that is if you concentrate on making other people look good, then we all have the potential to look good. If you’re just worried about yourself—How am I doing? How am I doing?—which is kind of a refrain in Hollywood, you know, people are desperately trying to make their careers in isolation, independent of everyone around them.
And I’ve always found that my career happened as a result of a tremendous synergy of all the talented people I’ve worked with, all helping each other, all connecting, and reconnecting in different combinations. So…identify talented people around you and then instead of going into competition with them, or trying to wipe them out, make alliances, make creative friendships that allow you and your friends to grow together, because someday your friend is going to be sitting across a desk from you running a movie studio.” – Harold Ramis