Fl-Opportunity – Opportunity, when cost

Giving an interview the other day, the famous peeps were watching a show where their photos were painted.

This week it’s an Australian comedian, musician, director; Tim Minchin.

He was big in the UK. He’s big in Australia. I don’t know how famous he is in the US, but he was a bit far-fetched in Hollywood as well. Then it was all removed.

Here is the story:

At the height of his humorous success in the UK, DreamWorks went overseas with the opportunity to direct an animated film following the adventures of Bilby and the Kangaroo.

Tim jumped on the bandwagon and brought together all the star-studded cast, including Hugh Jackman, Ben Mendelssohn, Damon Herriman, Jackie Weaver, Naomi Watts and Margaret Robbie!

Basically, the best of the best actors in Australia, and enough star power to make a movie instant popular.

Tim talks about time, focuses on it.

3 and a half years, with “Half an hour meeting discusses dust on texture”, or a “Color of Red Garbage in Australian Territory”

I have no doubt that it will be a huge success, but three and a half years into production, Universal Studios took over DreamWorks, and Tim got a phone call.

Some dress on his first day, Tim said.

“They didn’t know if it would be a hit or not.”

So they just killed it. And it was. All that work is done.

Tim reflects that he has struggled to agree since then:

The first thing is disunity.

He could not understand how an external force could snatch his art. I think this is how people feel when they build a business on Disgracebook just to tear it down for no reason.

The second thing he struggled with was everything he refused during that time.

His family, many trips, he basically retired from his comedy career at the peak of his inclusion in the project, only to delete it from a phone call from someone he had never met.

This is an important understanding.

Opportunity costs are everywhere.

Every time you say yes to one thing, you have an infinite number of other opportunities.

It reminds me of the story Jim Carey tells about his father, he was actually a comedian and he himself could be a great comedian.

Jim says:

“My father was a great comedian but he did not believe he could do it. He made a traditional choice. Instead, he got a secure job as an accountant. At the age of 12, I let him go. The family had to do everything we could to live. I learned a lot from my father. At least that’s not it: you can fail at what you don’t want.

Wise words, of course.

I think doing what you love instead of what is safe is a strong feeling that we should all be moving into 2021 after the year we got it.

I think Tim Minchin would agree, but he can add:

If you are building something, creating something, investing in something – make sure you own it so that it does not end up as an expensive loss.

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