Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

According to comedian, actor, and musician Steve Martin, the key to success in life and work is to be so good they can't ignore you.

Martin shared this key to success during an interview with Charlie Rose about his memoir Born Standing Up.

“Nobody ever takes note of [my advice] because it's not the answer they wanted to hear,” Martin said when answering a question about the advice he gives to aspiring performers. “What they want to hear is: Here's how you get an agent and Here's how you write a script. But I always say, Be so good they can't ignore you.

There are many keys to success in life and work.

Knowing your personal mission.

Goal-setting and goal-getting.


Leading your life from quiet.

Investing in what matters most.

All of these are important. But without striving to be so good they can't ignore you, none of this will amount to much. You can write a stellar mission. You can set goals. You can stick with something for the long haul. You can lead our life from quiet. You can even invest in what matters most. But if you settle for mediocrity, your efforts will simply be ignored.

Every day you have the chance to become better.

  • Better as a spouse.
  • Better as a parent.
  • Better as a professional.
  • Better as a person.

In other words, every day you have the opportunity to live it forward and be so good they can't ignore you!


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