I am looking for a dare to be great situation.
These are the words from the immortal everyday hero, Lloyd Dobler in the movie Say Anything (1989). It was the first movie I saw that was written and directed by Cameron Crowe. Crowe gave us other amazing lines in his movies like “You complete me”, “I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen”, and “I’m never as good as when you’re there.” I always liked Lloyd because he was the everyman, someone I could relate to on film. His words, especially this line always sticks with me and I kind of wear it around my shoulder.
We all want to be the “idea” of Lloyd and act out our mission in life. There are situations when we want our actions to be great but let’s admit it, we’re afraid. That’s okay because if you aren’t afraid, it won’t be as great. We want our actions to be honorable. We want them to be dangerous (in a good way). We want our actions to matter and be memorable. It doesn’t matter if it is January or the end of a long year. When you see that opportunity like Lloyd, act. If it is a girl you’ve always been intimated by, go for it. If it is that idea you’re afraid to introduce at work, go for it. Look around you because your friends and family are cheering for you.
I love tackling a challenge that seems insurmountable at the time but after you get through it, you look back and say, “Wow, that just happened.” We want our stories to live beyond us. 30 years from now you will remember these feats, I promise you.
What is your dare to be great situation you are facing? What are your waiting for?
PS I read that Kirk Cameron was almost cast to play Lloyd. That was right after Robert Downey, Jr. turned the part down. Thank God for providing John Cusack. Oh how that would have been a game changer…