To Want To Be Successful is Not Enough

To want. To be ambitious. To want to be successful is not enough. That’s just desire…

In this 90 second clip, the actor Kevin Spacey gets to the core of what it takes. Some amazingly simple, powerful words for us all to live by.

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theo says:

Man I love the ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ program. I wish Bravo would bring that series back onto television. Thanks for posting this.

Towfiq says:

He conveyed the chaotic truth and broke it down into the simplest fraction. I like!

Ian Spiers says:

Dead on. Thanks for the post.

ejlsquared says:

This really hits me hard. Thanks for pointing it out wisely :)

Jay espinal says:

YES! Correct, the man speaks and has lived the secret.

sara smets says:

That’s the core of life. Thanks for sharing it.

Wow! Powerful! Thanks for sharing Chase!

What was this from? Any clue? I’d be interested in seeing the interview in its entirety.

J says:

@Kevin Michael Reid – the clip is from Inside The Actor’s Studio :)

I remember watching this clip almost exactly a year ago when I was going through a rough patch. Although my situation has changed greatly, Kevin Spacey’s words are still as powerful and inspiring today as it was then.

Thanks for sharing (and reminding me!) Chase.

Amazing speech. Thank you so much for sharing this.
Sometimes it is so good to hear few simple words with that kind of personal meaning…

Russ says:

Well said. Great post.

Very touching and inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing, Chase.


Love that man! Well spoken and very inspiring.

France Freeman says:

Love Kevin Spacey! And good reminder that talent and want are not enough.Thanks Chase!

“A winner is someone who recognizes his/her given talents, works their tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish their goals.” Larry Bird

JonnyC says:

Words to live by indeed.

James Cannon says:

Those words just allowed tears to roll down my face. :)

Ethan says:

Thanks a lot for sharing Chase!

What an amazing powerful and short talk straight to the mind and heart


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Moulton says:

Right on…. Facing continual challenge is the only way true growth ever occurs! Here’s to opportunity!!!!

Stephan says:

Allthough a little corny Kevin Spacy hits the nail! Thanks for sharing this with us Chase.

Dejan says:

Hey Chase,

thanks for sharing this inspiring clip. Spacey really nails the message to a couple of words.

Another reason why Kevin Spacey is so successful. The man just gets it. And he’s completely inspiring to others while he gets it.

Sandra Steh says:

just amazing and so true!!!! thanx chase

What he is saying is sort of a precursor to what Steven Pressfield lays out in the book The War of Art.

Good post, thanks for this.

all i can say is.., so scary…..

Gerry says:

Awesome! Thanks Chase!

Ahmad says:

that was just so scary :(

@Nakeva says:

Simple words, motivating thoughts. Thanks for sharing Chase!

Brian Crofts says:

motivating. reminds me of some will smith interviews … even more motivating:

love that!
great words of wisdom..thanks for sharing.

Thank you Chase, just today I told my team that we will overcome adversity together.the words of Kevyn Spacy come in good time for me, greetings.

Yasmin Tajik says:

I absolutely love this! He hit the nail on the head.

richNYC says:

Kevin just nailed it. Really inspirational!!!

Thanks for relaying stuff like this to us, Chase… Keep it coming;)

Linda Thompson says:

Thank you so much for sharing. What awesome inspiration that I probably wouldn’t have stumbled on otherwise.

Mike Wilson says:

Thanks for sharing, Chase. Great words of wisdom.

Could’ve done without the strings in the background swelling up, but into every life a little cheese must fall, right? :)

JHP says:

Cool video.

But what about that cheesy music in the end. Also there is one guy in the audience that plays a supporting role in the second season if the wire.

Rameez-k says:

This just makes so much sense to me. I know it obviously doesnt relate to photography directly but if you really want it you have to gun for it.

Just gives me all the more push I need to try and get my own photography out there and try and achieve as much as I can. We only have so much life. I don’t want to regret not making the moves I needed to make.

Thanks Chase,
Appreciate all you do for us

Mike Stog says:

This is perfect. Thank you, dearly.

Omar says:

Great Words !!!
Thanks Chase !!

Brad says:

Really dig the message-thank you for sharing.

Kelli says:

Well said Kevin, and thanks for sharing Chase!

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