I had the opportunity to meet and interview top national comedian (and recent best-selling author of “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man”) Steve Harvey this year. I wanted him to share his perspective on “making it” for my MisterLevius.com readers and he definitely delivered. Instead of the traditional “Q & A” format of my other celeb interviews, here are some brief highlights of Harvey’s take on pursuing your dreams that, I believe, will help many (like myself) put things into perspective.
1. STOP FIGURING OUT “HOW”
“You don’t have to know how it happens: that ain’t your job, nor your business. If you could figure out the ‘how-to-do’ everything, everybody would be successful. All you have to have is the belief that it’s going to happen…God gives you the how-to.”
“When you set a goal, don’t look at it from a stand-point of ‘I don’t see how I’m going to make a million dollars.’ No you can’t see it, but can you figure out how to make $5? Ok, then make the $5. Then go make $5 more, then make $10, then make $15- inch-by-inch, anything’s a cinch. What stops people in their dreams and their goals are that they see the big picture…and because they can’t figure out how to accomplish the big picture, they stop and give up. That’s not how it works. I didn’t know how to make a million [dollars] but I figured out how to make $25 – telling jokes. That’s how I started- with $25- telling jokes.“
3. SUCCESS IS THE PROCESS
“What really will amaze people is: the joy isn’t only in accomplishing the goal. Let’s say your goal is to be a millionaire…so you’re just going to be miserable until you’re a millionaire? When you’re making $500,000, can you not see the joy in the journey? See, people don’t allow the journey to be fulfilling. They think if they’re not there, they’ve failed. The journey is the success.”
Follow the trail-blazing comedian and TV/radio personality on his Facebook and Twitter pages. Harvey has also recently penned his second guide-to-relationships book “Straight Talk, No Chaser,” scheduled to hit bookstores and major retail sites this December.