Inspiration from George Lucas
Estimated Lesson Time: 3 minutes
George Lucas (1944–) is a film director, writer, and producer, best known for his work with the Star Wars trilogies.
Success is realizing that life is a gift. Just after graduating high school, George was involved in a serious car accident that changed his perspective on life. He realized that every day was a gift, and he needed to make the most of it.
Success is setting realistic goals. George’s success began by setting goals of getting good grades in school and pursuing the courses that interested him most.
Success is doing what you love despite what others may say. Lucus went to film school because he loved the idea of making films, even though very few people actually made it into the film business from film school.
Success is going with your gut. When asked about his successes in an interview, Lucas said, “Mostly I just followed my inner feelings and passions, and said ’I like this, and I like this,’ and I just kept going to where it got warmer and warmer, until it finally got hot, and then that’s where I was.”
Success is discovering your own talents. “Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.”
Success is perseverance. Lucas believes that perseverance is one of the key qualities of a successful individual.
Success is not easy. George said that his first six years in the business were “hopeless.” He borrowed money from friends and family, and it did not look like he was ever going to be able to pay anyone back. It took several years for him to get his first movie off the ground.
Success is ignoring the naysayers. Before his success, people would tell George that he was in a “complete dead-end for a career.” After school, Lucas moved back to San Francisco and people told him that he could not possibly make it in the film business while living in San Francisco. His incredible success would soon prove the naysayers wrong.
Success is learning to say no. With success comes even more opportunities. Lucas believes that if you take on too many opportunities at one time your life becomes unfocused and you can easily sink into depression.
Success is getting others to believe in you. Lucas had a very difficult time with his first two films, American Graffiti and Star Wars. The first couple of studios Lucas took Star Wars to turned him down. One studio executive, however, who saw American Graffiti (and loved it) agreed to take on Star Wars, reportedly saying. “You know, I don’t understand this, but I think you’re a great film maker and I’m going to invest in you. I’m not going to invest in this project.”
[Sources: http://www.achievement.org, http://www.cinema.com, http://www.filmmakers.com]
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Some discussion questions (some may not apply to this lesson):
- Have you implemented this idea in your life? How has it been working for you?
- Do you have any interesting stories related to this lesson? Do tell!
- What do you admire most about this person? (success biography days)