Louis C.K. on Patience and Hard Work
OK… I know we don’t take our cues from foul-mouthed comedians, but Louis has some great words on patience and hard work. He is one of the most successful comedians working today, and made headlines in the past couple of years for going out on a limb and creating his own distribution system for his comedy… sidestepping production companies and the Comedy channel. But that has brought him questions like this (and surprisingly, I’ve heard this same question asked of successful church leaders): Does it matter that what you’ve achieved, with your online special, and your tour can’t be replicated by other performers who don’t have the visibility or fan base that you do?
Why do you think those people don’t have the same resources that I have, the same visibility or relationship? What’s different between me and them?
You have the platform. You have the level of recognition.
So why do I have the platform and the recognition?
At this point you’ve put in the time.
There you go. There’s no way around that. There’s people that say: “It’s not fair. You have all that stuff.” I wasn’t born with it. It was a horrible process to get to this. It took me my whole life. If you’re new at this — and by “new at it,” I mean 15 years in, or even 20 — you’re just starting to get traction. Young musicians believe they should be able to throw a band together and be famous, and anything that’s in their way is unfair and evil. What are you, in your 20s, you picked up a guitar? Give it a minute.
Why is your church so big?
I could never do what you have done.
We could never compete with that.
They have everything.
They’re stealing our people and our talent.
To those people saying those things: There’s people that say: “It’s not fair. You have all that stuff.” I wasn’t born with it. It was a horrible process to get to this. It took me my whole life.
Sure, God’s hand of blessing is involved. But don’t think for a minute that things happen overnight without much work.