And why you can’t wait for someone to “discover” you.
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I spent a good portion of my life thinking that opportunities are supposed to fall into your lap magically. We’ve heard the romanticized stories about exactly that. In my recent TEDx, I talked about how actress Charlize Theron was upset at a bank when she first moved to Hollywood from Johannesburg because she couldn’t access her bank to withdraw money. Hollywood manager John Crosby happened to be in the bank at the same time. He saw her throw her fit and signed her on the spot.
Or, equally as serendipitous: Mandy Moore was working on her music at a studio in Orlando when she was 13, and a FedEx delivery man overhead her singing. He sent her record to his friend at Epic Records, and that’s how she got her start.
But here’s the issue with stories like these: We hear them enough that we begin to believe that someone is