I recently listened to an interview on Sirius Radio between two of my favorite people on earth. It’s a real treat to see one of them in action, but to have both of them in one room having a conversation is very exciting for me.
I love both of them for the same reasons:
1. They are completely fearless
2. They stand up for what they believe in
3. They’re successful and well known for challenging the status quo
I minored in film in college and first learned about Michael Moore when I was required to watch Roger & Me during a film lab. It was the only film I actually stayed awake for that whole semester. He has an amazing gift for telling stories. He could make a three hour movie about how much a tree grows over the course of a year seem fascinating. I love the fact that he surfaces the real issues, confronts the people who are guilty, and leaves you with something to think about.
When he was on the Howard Stern show, he was accompanied by a team of bodyguards. These guys were hired by his production studio to follow him around every time he went out in public. It’s amazing to me that a documentary filmmaker needs to have a team of people protecting his safety every day. Why is that?
Howard Stern doesn’t have the same level of security, but is probably hated by the same amount of people. He’s good at talking about interesting topics and saying what’s on his mind. He doesn’t read off a sheet of paper and ask the same questions we’ve heard a million times. He spent more of his career getting fired than being what the world defines as successful, and what has he received for that? A multi-million dollar contract with Sirius radio. Why? Because he has loyal fans and he is a strong leader for doing what you believe in. It has also earned him a lot of skeptics and people who don’t believe in what he does. That’s the trade off I suppose.
Whenever you do something different to stand out, you will get people who object and disagree. That’s the fun part.
If you’re only doing what everyone around you wants you to do, are you living the best life you possibly can? When I start to feel like I’m not doing what’s in my heart, I think of my role models and how they have fought, and continue to fight for what they believe in.
Both Stern and Moore have been described as “love ‘em or hate ‘em” and I’ve decided I’d like to be described the same way. I would never want to be thought of as “okay” or “boring”….I want to have strong supporters, and people who don’t get me at all. It’s more fun that way.
Who are your role models? What have they done to make you believe in them? What traits do you categorize as admirable?