The Ricky Gervais Factor

Some people will always hate what you do.

Accept that and move on. But what we can also be assured of is that some people will love what you do.

I love Ricky Gervais. But I know more people who hate him than love him. One reason he is successful is because he doesn’t give a damn what people think. Not always a good thing, but you have to hand it to him. When he has ignored those voices and with dozens of awards squeezed onto his mantelpiece, I am sure he isn’t too worried.

If Ricky Gervais set out to please a broad audience he wouldn’t be half as good a comedian as he is. He may have a lot more fans but that’s the question that we all need to ask.

Are we doing what we do for the accolades or for the joy of the work and belief in what we are doing?

Are fame, wealth and prestige our goal or simply a byproduct of doing the thing we love doing?

These questions are as important for comedians and actors as they are for doctors, Pastors or you and I.

And with around 7 billion people in the world today there is a huge audience to reach. If you reach only 0.01% of them you have reached 7 million people. A massively over the top example but it’s worth thinking about.

Stop trying to please everyone and do your best for the people who believe in you already.

They deserve your attention.

Do that, then you really will be successful.

2 thoughts on “The Ricky Gervais Factor

  1. I totally agree with you! I love the fact that Ricky hasn’t compromised what he believes in by bending to the way many people think his comedy should be like and how he should behave. More people should speak their minds and stay true to themselves rather than chasing fame and becoming a product of it when it should be a by-product of hard work and determination.


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