Some classic R&R
According to actress Sarah Paulson, true success is measured by how often you can enjoy a nap. Alright, that doesn’t make any sense right now but once you listen to her reasoning, you can have that “ah-ha” moment.
You might know Sarah from her recent roles on American Horror Story and The People v O.J. Simpson, success that she is now experiencing later in her life. For her, it couldn’t have come at a better time.
The truth about success
These days, Sarah can now enjoy “better and deeper” success as a more seasoned actress. “When you’re young and things come easily to you or if you reach the stars right out the gate, then you think that that is how it works,” she shares.
As a young actress, she was young and eager, taking any and every part that was offered to her. The goal was to not be forgotten, to stay in the limelight. For her, success meant being Julia Roberts.
However, all of the daydreaming and emulating left her unable to figure out what she was good at.
Harness the humility
Often when people picture prosperity, they only consider the end result. The goal is to get there, fast, but the truth is that everyone’s journey is different. Seeing your idols in their prime makes it easy to forget that they had moments of rejection too.
You should harness the humility this breeds, because when the success does come you can truly enjoy it. Being accomplished at a young age does not mean that it wasn’t earned. However, immaturity can make it harder to deal with. Just look at the paths of former child stars.
Your success can be different and feel different but at the end of the day, it needs to be yours.
Choose what it means for you
For Sarah, success is choosing when she wants to work and when she wants to nap. The power to choose what acting roles she wants is something she never imagined when the goal was simply to become a megastar.
It may have taken her a while to get there, but I think she will agree that it this type of success is well worth the wait.