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.

Happy Monday.

48 Responses to To Want To Be Successful is Not Enough

  1. Kelli December 13, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    Well said Kevin, and thanks for sharing Chase!

  2. Brad December 13, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    Really dig the message-thank you for sharing.

  3. Omar December 13, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Great Words !!!
    Thanks Chase !!

  4. Mike Stog December 13, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    This is perfect. Thank you, dearly.

  5. Rameez-k December 13, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    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

  6. David Dvir December 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    So true!

  7. JHP December 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    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.

  8. Mike Wilson December 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    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? :)

  9. Jesse Tenorio December 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm #


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  11. Linda Thompson December 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

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

  12. richNYC December 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    Kevin just nailed it. Really inspirational!!!

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

  13. Yasmin Tajik December 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

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

  14. Juan Jose Marquez December 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    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.

  15. a girl and a camera photography December 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

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

  16. Brian Crofts December 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

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

  17. @Nakeva December 13, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    Simple words, motivating thoughts. Thanks for sharing Chase!

  18. Ahmad December 14, 2010 at 1:03 am #

    that was just so scary :(

  19. Gerry December 14, 2010 at 2:06 am #

    Awesome! Thanks Chase!

  20. positive affirmation December 14, 2010 at 4:12 am #

    all i can say is.., so scary…..

  21. Erik Holmberg December 14, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    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.

  22. Sandra Steh December 14, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    just amazing and so true!!!! thanx chase

  23. Matthew Dutile December 14, 2010 at 7:39 am #

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

  24. Dejan December 14, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    Hey Chase,

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

  25. Stephan December 14, 2010 at 8:29 am #

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

  26. Moulton December 14, 2010 at 8:46 am #

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

  27. Ethan December 14, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Thanks a lot for sharing Chase!

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


    white greetings from zürich


  28. James Cannon December 14, 2010 at 10:49 am #

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

  29. JonnyC December 14, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Words to live by indeed.

  30. France Freeman December 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    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

  31. Hans Rosemond December 15, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    Love that man! Well spoken and very inspiring.

  32. Reynante Martinez December 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

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


  33. Russ December 15, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Well said. Great post.

  34. Joanna Kapica December 20, 2010 at 4:05 am #

    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…

  35. Kevin Michael Reed December 21, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Wow! Powerful! Thanks for sharing Chase!

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

    • J December 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

      @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.

  36. sara smets December 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

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

  37. Jay espinal January 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

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

  38. ejlsquared April 12, 2011 at 3:52 am #

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

  39. Ian Spiers December 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Dead on. Thanks for the post.

  40. Towfiq December 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

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

  41. theo December 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

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

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