17. Learn to play a role
Your future is not determined by your personality. In fact, your personality is not even determined your personality. There is no genetic code in you that determines who you will be. You are the thinker who determines who you will be. How you act is who you become.
Another way of seeing might be contained in these related thoughts from Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy: “Spock had a big, big effect on me. I am so much more Spock-like today than when I first played the part in 1965 that you wouldn’t recognize me. I’m not talking about appearance, but thoughtsl processes. Doing that character, I learned so much about rational logical thought that it reshaped my life.”
You’ll gather energy and inspiration by being the character you want to play.
We love great actors because it seems like they are the chatacters they play. Poor actors are those who can’t be their part and therefore don’t convince us of their character’s reality. We boo at those people. We call it bad acting.
Yet, we don’t realize that we miss the same opportunities in life when we can’t be the person we want to be. It doesn’t take authentic circusmtances to be who you want to be. It just takes rehearsel.