Everyone knows this is not true. As long as you put enough heat under the pot it's going to boil in the same amount of time whether you watch it or not.
A search on the Internet and common sense tells us that this old saying relates to patience. That when you are waiting for an outcome that it will inevitably seem to take longer than the time that actually passed. That you are better off occupying yourself doing other things. That once things are started (or put in motion) that your result will happen.
That's not the way things work in the entertainment industry. You don't just wait for "things to happen". If that is your plan you are destined for failure in this business. No one makes it by waiting for something to happen.
Just like with the kettle if you want something to boil faster you have to turn up the heat. In real life the heat is effort. Making it in the entertainment takes a lot of it. You can have all the talent in the world but if you just wait for something to happen, nothing ever will.
In the entertainment business you have to be impatient. There needs to be a sense of urgency in everything you do. That sense of urgency turns into motivation. It motivates you to go beyond your limits, to test your self. It gives you the strength to continue on against insurmountable odds.
That is how you succeed ...
Vilmos has been a standup comedian since 1992.
He created GreenRoomRadio.net a web site with Podcasts by comedians.
He is the host of The Green Room which is the longest running Podcast on standup comedy.
He also hosts The Mentorist v2 and The Spew.
His web site is Vilmos.com.
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