An Approach to Recovery

The article titled, “The 5 Traits of Wildly Successful People,” which was written by Alex Banayan, is the foundation upon which I wrote the following post. Although his article was not specifically written for people facing adversity, such as brain injury, I recognized a connection between the lessons in Banayan’s article and our community’s interest in recovery.

2013-1021 Steven SpielbergAccording to Banayan, “Shortly after graduating high school, Steven Spielberg began reducing the time he spent at college and increasing the time he spent hanging within the Hollywood inner circle. ‘[Spielberg] was going off to Sonny and Cher’s place all the time,’ said Don Shull, Spielberg’s childhood friend. In a personal letter to Shull, Spielberg revealed he would directly approach directors and Hollywood stars on the studio lot and ask them to lunch. And keep in mind—Spielberg was only nineteen years old at the time.”

“Spielberg arranged his class schedule so that he could spend three days a week at Universal, watching filmmakers at work and trying to make useful contacts,” writes Joseph McBride in his detailed biography on Spielberg’s career. “He frequently slept overnight in an office at the studio where he kept two suits so he could emerge onto the bustling lot each morning looking as if he hadn’t slept in an office.”

Spielberg knew at an early age that filmmaking is not just making a film — “it’s a people game. And he played it well,” said producer William Link. Banyan tells us that while Spielberg “definitely had talent on his side, so did handfuls of other aspiring directors. What helped Spielberg become the youngest director signed to a long-term studio deal was his focus on building relationships. This has nothing to do with ‘networking’; this has to do with making friends and focusing on people.”

Your Turn

  • What are your recovery goals?
  • What are your transition goals?
  • Are you simply meeting people or are you making friends?
  • Are your actions helping you achieve your goals?
  • What changes can you make to increase the chance of reaching your goals?

Thanks to Alex Banayan for writing the story upon which this post is based, LinkedIn for hosting the story, and all the other people who directly or indirectly made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.


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