When I was a teenager, I had long hair, wore rock-concert tee-shirts, ripped jeans, and a leather motorcycle jacket. I wanted to be a rock star when I grew up.
My father, an NYPD officer, said to me, "Don't dress like a fool, don't you know that rock stars get paid to look like that?"
A few years ago, I had the unique privilege of meeting my teen idol, Alice Cooper - The king of shock-rock. I shared with Alice stories of me, at 12-years old, dressing up like him - but not on Halloween. I would wear my mom's knee-high pleather boots and a cutoff tee-shirt. I'd use a broom as a guitar and stand in front of a full-length mirror pretending that I was on stage. I was practicing for stardom.
Alice (whose real name is Vincent Furnier) looked at me and jokingly said, "tell your parents I am sorry, and I will pay for your psychiatry bills."
I asked Vincent - Alice Cooper - what he attributes his five-decades of success too. He said, "Alice is a role I play. But in the beginning, he added, I was Alice 24 hours a day." I thought about that for a second and asked, "So, you submerged yourself in the role, and you were "being" Alice, not just playing Alice." He simply said, "yup, in the early days."
I walked away from that encounter and realized; rock stars don't get paid to look like that, as my dad proclaimed. They practice and practice more, dress the part, and then they get paid.
People always ask, what do you 'do' for a living? I think we should change those words to what are you 'being' for a living. Doing is temporary. Being is forever. After all, they call us human beings, not human doings.
Humans are constantly "doing" something to receive something in return. We trade our time for money. Then we trade our money for things. We think that acquiring these products or services will make us happy. I suggest instead of only "doing something" for money, just be. Start with being happy. Whatever your profession, as you're doing what you do, be conscious of who you are being. Be happy, compassionate, and empathic, and everything else will flow to you.
Our goal in life should be to become the type of person who is "being" the person who attracts what we want in our lives. Start by submerging yourself in your role but always be cognoscente of who you are 'being' and unleash your inner rock star.
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