Face the challenge and evolve: What RJ Mitte taught me
Part of what success means to us here at London Real is how well people overcome challenges.
The more high performance people I talk to, the more I realise none of has any excuses. No matter what you face today, you have the choice to see it as a way of evolving, or a reason to stay stuck in resistance.
No one allowed me to see this more than Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte.
Here are three things he taught me:
- Disability Is A Gift
- Your Challenges Are Your IP
- Don’t Live In Fear
RJ Mitte - Breaking Bad - REMIX
- Disability Is A Gift
RJ has been through something even most people with disabilities would never experience – developing an onscreen character whose disabilities are part of a much wider narrative.
I am convinced that the creative challenge of harnessing his Cerebral Palsy to develop a fictional portrayal in Breaking Bad gave RJ a new perspective on his disability. It allowed him to see it not only as a strength, but as something incredibly special.
Our disabilities are gifts, and if we explore them creatively, they become gifts that keep on giving.
RJ Mitte On Overcoming Disability
2. Your Challenges Are Your IP
Your flaws are not there to be fixed or cured, your flaws are there to make you who you are.
In a digital economy, your business is based on who you are, not what you do. It’s about your IP.
RJ hammered this home to me, as his life is a stark example of how this new way of defining yourself in your industry really does work!
If RJ can turn CP into a source of power YOU have no excuse!
RJ Mitte On Embracing Challenges
3. Don’t Live In Fear
Sounds easy right? You’ve heard it before, but how many times in a day do you not do something because it scares you or it is easier not to.
It is not just CP that makes RJ special. It is his work-ethic, passion and humility.
I asked RJ if he was intimidated as a 14-year-old working with great established actors.
The truth is he wasn’t! He was more interested in doing a good job, focusing on his own potential and living up to the passion of those in his team.
Fear is a distraction. That’s all it is. You are here to do a job, to live a fulfilled life so that others can too. Don’t get bogged down in comparing yourself to others, or your self-esteem anxieties. Just focus on your mission.
RJ Mitte On Not Giving In To Fear
Okay, that is just three of the things that stuck with me after an awesome conversation with RJ Mitte.
Let me know a situation that you can choose to see as a disability or a chance to evolve, TODAY. I look forward to your answers!