How a TV Writer Defines Success – David Sacks



What does success mean to you? How do you reach it? For TV writer and producer David Sacks (The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun) success could be embedded in his incredible career alone – but he believes it’s striving to have the life that he’s meant to accomplish. As someone who has never coasted in the entertainment industry, David offers his insights on how to stay disciplined during unemployment, why you should turn your life into a work of art, and how to leave your legacy in this world.

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  1. Building your dream job is a rollercoaster of uncertainty. There is no coasting.

  2. If you’re in the right place at the right time, take advantage of it. Do something.

  3. It’s not just about having connections. You have to do the work.

  4. Treat not having a job as if you do have a job – make the same demands of yourself and take it seriously. Other gates might open.

  5. Take a step back and ask yourself “What does success mean to me?”

  6. It can take years and years for something to be recognized. So you have to keep going.

  7. Make your life into art.

  8. If you’re with someone in the moment, treat them like the most important person. Be present.

  9. Success breeds success. Start from a place where you feel good about yourself and where you can actually accomplish something.

  10. Get a good night’s sleep. Take a shower. Drink a cup of coffee. Sit down with a pad of paper and pen. And see what happens.

  11. If you are inspired in any way, decide to do one thing about it.




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