The movie “Lost in Translation,” is about an extremely successful advertising actor named Bob Harris (Bill Murray). He gets paid millions of dollars to travel to exotic locations and have his photo taken sipping drinks. He also spends most of his life alone in a hotel room, away from his friends and family. He’s rich, but he’s miserable. He’s well traveled and he’s completely lost. The two tag lines for the film are “Everybody wants to be found” and “Sometimes you have to go halfway around the world to come full circle.”
Bob Harris would be considered, by most standards, to be someone who had achieved most of his goals. Why then is he so miserable?
Artists don’t often think about what the driving force is behind the things they want so bad. What is significant to you? What has meaning for you? What are you most passionate about? Or in the words of storyteller and career coach, Susan Klein, “What makes you creatively salivate?”
If you don’t think about these things first, it’s easy to wake up years down the road and realize you’ve been chasing someone else’s dream or doing things you never really wanted to do. Like Bob Harris you may get 1.2 million dollars for each commercial, but you might be incredibly miserable. Before you even begin to think about what success means to you and before you sit down and write down a bunch of random goals, you should know what is behind your driving need to succeed.
Born and raised on Martha's Vineyard, Susan Klein is an internationally-known, professional storyteller, and author of Through a Ruby Window, a collection of stories about the Vineyard in the ‘50s and ‘60s. As owner of Ruby Window Productions, Susan offers acclaimed Story Wisdom® workshops for lawyers, educators, writers, and speakers, and coaching and editing for the page and stage through An Alien Eye. Susan is a director/producer of numerous award-winning spoken-word recordings, an the 2007 recipient of the Creative Living Award presented by the Permanent Endowment of Martha’s Vineyard and the National Storytelling Network’s coveted Circle of Excellence Award. www.susanklein.net