How Archie & Tymon Almost Lost Their Superpowers
Subject: Success, Validation, Initiative, Permission, Motivation
Victor Antonio G.
The stories I’m about to share are true. The
last names have been omitted to protect the identities of these
To which I quickly responded, “I don’t know,
do YOU think 100 pages is enough to convey your message?”
“Yes.” he replied.
At that moment I scolded Archie,
respectfully of course, by saying, “Then why the hell are you asking
someone else to validate what you already know? Don’t you know that when
you seek validation from someone else you are in a sense relinquishing
“I don’t know what you mean.”
“Archie, what you were really asking me is
whether or not it was OK to have only 100 pages in your book. You were
asking for my permission. What if I had said no? What would you have
Archie was silent for a moment.
I continued, “Archie, never ask anyone to
validate your work. It’s OK because YOU say it’s OK; not because someone
else says it is. When you feel that you’ve gotten your message down and
feel good about it, that’s when you know it’s done. Never relinquish your
power(s) to succeed by seeking someone else’s permission.”
Amending Archie understood and is hopefully
now working to finish his book that will go on to help and mend many
“Tymon, I visited your website and you have
no products for sale.”
“Yeah, I know.”
“How long have you been in comedy?”
“A little over 15 years.”
“That’s a long time and still have no
products to show for it. Can you imagine how much income you could’ve
generated if you had a book or video to sell at your shows?”
Tymon and I spend the next 30 minutes or so
discussing strategies for getting products complete so he could sell at
his show and supplement his income. The first no-brainer was putting his
one-man-show on video and selling the DVD.
“Victor, I have a recording of my
one-man-show.” he exclaimed.
“Then why aren’t you selling it?”
“Just never really pushed it. So let me ask
you, it’s only 30 minutes, is that long enough?”
Here we go again! Validation
“I don’t know Tymon, are the 30 minutes any
“Then why the hell are you asking for my
permission to publish something that you feel is that good?”
I continued, “Tymon, what you were really
asking me is whether or not it was OK to have only 30 minutes of video on
your DVD. You were asking for my permission. What if I had said no? What
would you have thought then?”
Tymon too was silent for a moment.
“Tymon, never ask anyone to validate your
work. It’s OK because YOU say it’s OK; not because someone else says it
is. If you feel that its 30 minutes of gut busting comedy, that’s when you
it’s good enough. Never relinquish your power(s) to succeed by seeking
someone else’s permission. Because of this hesitation, you’ve lost over 15
years of revenue generating potential.”
“Damn, never looked at it that way.” Tymon
We chatted for a while longer before hanging
up. Tymon the Tickler understood and is hopefully now working to finish
his first DVD, along with an audio CD and his first book on comedy. We
need comedy more than ever today, so I hope Tymon the Tickler follows
In the end, YOU, and no one else, decides
when it’s OK. Never relinquish that power to decide. The
power of choice and action are your greatest powers...hold on to your
Victor Antonio G.
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