This course includes videos from:
Bryan Cranston, Emmy-winning actor
Simon O. Sinek, author (Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action)
Michelle Tillis Lederman, speaker, trainer, and author (The Connector's Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grow Your Influence and Impact)
Dr. Robert Cialdini, researcher and author (Influence: Science and Practice)
Chris Voss, founder and CEO, Black Swan Group Ltd.
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Skill Level Beginner
- I just came back from a USO tour and talking to only millennials and millennials have been maligned a lot. Oh, you just want the trophy. You just want to show up and you'll get a trophy. You're not really willing to work for it. You're not, and that, just don't buy into that. Just don't listen to any of that. I was so impressed with these young men and women in the military in this case commanding great presence, confidence, nobility, kindness. My wife and I said I think we're going to be okay truly. It's like oh, if this is the next generation of leaders, we're going to be okay. (calm music) There's power in confidence. I'm on the other side of the table now a lot. I produce and I direct and I write and I can really feel the difference when someone comes into a room with confidence but I want to draw the distinction between confidence and boastfulness. Someone who is figuratively pounding their chest saying how great they are, that's not confidence to me. That's egocentric behavior and that makes me push away. Someone who boasts about how great they are, I'm leery about that but there's a quiet confidence and what I try to express to millennials, to younger generation of actors, writes, directors, artists of any kind is to value your talent and I would say to them, I'd say are you talented and I hope you say yes. That's not a boast. It's being honest. Do you go out and tell everybody on the street hey, I'm talented, I'm really talented? No. It's for yourself. It's internal and you can own that and you can value, greatly value your own contributions to something, your intellect, your imagination, your humor, whatever experience you have so far, you're young, you'll gain more experience. That's great, be confident in that. When I sense confidence, I want more from that person. I do the reaching and I think that's a great lesson. Ages ago I went on a commercial call and I told a lie. I said that I had experience in rappelling off a mountain and I didn't. In fact, it wasn't something I was really interested in but I wanted a job, I needed a job, pay rent, pay for your acting classes and your pictures and resumes and gas and everything knowing that if I thought if I get a callback to this that I could learn this and that's what happened and I learned it and I went out and learned it, learned the jargon, learned the basics of how to do it. It was traumatic. Here's the thing. If you create your real life and you set yourself up, your foundation is clean, you're a good person, you pay your bills, you're honest, you present yourself in your real life to be a good person then when you take chances in your career, in this case in an acting career or writing career and you take those chances, if you fall, you don't have far to fall. You can get back up and believe me, there's many times, many times that you fall and you go wow, I didn't see that coming and you stand back up and you go back to work. It's all about taking chances, taking some risks. In this case, it was like yeah, I was stretching, I wasn't stretching the truth, I was flat out lying about being able to do something but I was willing to learn that something if it came to pass because it did come to pass and I did learn how to rappel off a mountain and the upshot was I couldn't help. We actually shot this candy bar commercial at the same place, the same rock that I learned on but what the producers didn't know is that it was just a week ago. (calm music)