[July 3, 2020] Morgan Freedman is a famous American actor, producer, businessman, and activist. His success as an actor is renowned throughout the world. I like him because he has a view of the world that is similar to what I write about in this leadership blog.
Morgan Freedman has something many in Hollywood do not have. He is a free thinker, and he will tell you honestly what he thinks. Just ask him. He doesn’t pull back on his thoughts, but he has a way with words that is inspiring, humorous, and witty. When you combine these assets with intelligence and hard work, you get success.
He believes there is nothing wrong with having money, being successful, doing your best, and that you should stand up for what you believe is right. Everybody can’t do this; some are strong, others weak, and many folks have regrets, but, as he says, “the bus runs every day.” Get on it. Here are his 10 rules for success. You can hear him in this YouTube video1 (15:58 minutes):
- Be who you are.
- Build word of mouth.
- Be courageous.
- Always do your best.
- Live your craft.
- Find your path.
- Just do it.
- Learn from others.
- Hold on to your values.
- Have fun.
Morgan Freedman loves to fly. When he joined the U.S. Air Force, he ran into a lot of problems because, in his words, he “didn’t fit.” But Freedman did love to fly. Yet, he didn’t like the idea of sitting in a plane with real guns that could kill real people. Combat wasn’t acting, yet the acting is what Freedman wanted. He loved the movies and to perform is what he wanted.
He tells us to be ready to learn. Learn about professionalism. Adopt the idea that you have to give 110 percent. Be on time, know what you’re doing, do it full out, give all you can … that’s a lesson.
I learned from Morgan Freedman’s ideas about success. His style is very straight forward. I like that too.