Never Grow Up [Jackie Chan] P73
Post Length: 3 min
In Review: Never Grow Up
Author: Jackie Chan
Length: 9 hrs 34 min
Reco: Sure [4/5 bananas]
"The movie business is a big gamble." - Chan
In my fighting career, I have been Tum-Tum, Daniel-San, Raphael the Ninja Turtle, but never Jackie Chan.
The first movie of his that I watched was Rumble in the Bronx. I was laughing, trying to mimic his moves, and thinking that was what I wanted to do with my life. That is, until the end of the movie when I saw the outtakes and bloopers ... he was doing all of his own stunts. Ain't nobody got time for all that.
Rumble in the Bronx was his first major film in America. He was 40 years old at the time and had been acting for 15 years to get that shot.
It worked because he was playing himself, not trying to be the next Bruce Lee. He bet his life on acting, and the gamble paid off.
"I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee, I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan." - Chan
The goal was always to be a lead actor.
But he was first known for his outstanding performance playing a dead extra in fighting scenes. He said whatever role he was playing, he would be the best at it, no matter how small.
His turn in life came in a fight scene that he wasn't leading. The director needed someone to flip off of a balcony and land on his feet. That was crazy. Jackie volunteered, did the flip and landed it. After the take, the director said it was perfect ... so Jackie told him he wanted to do it one more time for an even better shot.
Flip, land, cut.
He nailed it twice in a row. No rope, no mat.
Every dead person he played as an extra got him on set that day for the balcony shot. He was always that person, he just needed the chance to prove it. Staying committed when there was no glory opened that door to become the Jackie Chan.
"To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour." - Churchill
Aside from getting a lead role, and making it to Hollywood, he was committed to winning an Academy Award. In 2016, that dream was also fulfilled.
What fuels me in these autobiographies is the vision these people have, and you know it because they stay committed through everything that happens.
Schwarzenegger as the world champion bodybuilder.
Maria Sharapova as a world famous tennis player.
Michael Jordan as the best basketball player in history.
Muhammad Ali as the greatest boxer.
Phil Knight building Nike.
Ronda Rousey as the best female UFC fighter.
The list goes on and on, but that is what challenges me. Don't just have a vision, do the work. Don't just do the work, do the work when it seems like you can't win.
One question I ask all of my leaders that get comfortable ... Are you good because the market conditions are in your favor, or are you good because you are good?
The names mentioned above, they really are good. Because when they were just a dead extra, playing tennis in the middle of nowhere without a ball, wrestling in a basement, lifting weights with a towel so their hands didn't freeze to the bar, buying shoes with their parents' money, they never quit. The market conditions weren't in their favor. They weren't born in the 'right' scenario, they just never quit.
So for all of us fighting from broken homes and a busted background, poor parents or no parents, never quit. When the market says no, it is really saying not yet. You aren't ready. Not yet. But stay faithful as the best number two the world has ever seen, and when that balcony moment comes, you won't be looking for a rope.