Leonard Nimoy was much more than ‘the actor who played Mr Spock in the Star Trek franchise’. He inspired thousands of engineers, scientists and artists over several decades too.
Those people wanted to do more than live the 9 to 5 life. They wanted to chase bigger and bolder ideas. That’s quite a legacy.
Here are a couple of lessons I’ve taken away from his story.
Do You Have Unlikely Goals?
Apparently Mr Nimoy senior didn’t want his son to be an actor. Leonard decided acting was something he was going to do, however unlikely that goal seemed.
He trained, he persevered, set and reached incredible goals as an
– Iconic Actor
– Successful Director
– Celebrated Photographer
Do You Want To Confront Your Fears?
With roles on several 1960s TV show Leonard Nimoy was offered the choice of playing a half-human, half-alien character on an innovative science-fiction piece pitched as Wagon Train in space. He spent time weighing up his choices.
Part of his reasoning process, which led him to finally say ‘Yes’ involved him asking and answering the question
“Will you choose to do something which scares you”?
He made the decision to live boldly of course, which was the right decision as it turns out.
When The President Appreciates You
Leonard Nimoy’s achievements have had a profound impact on others – when Rolling Stone Obituary quotes the President of The United States, who has acknowledged you as a
“…lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, [someone] generous with his talent and his time…”
you have probably made a significant cultural impact (here’s the article http://bit.ly/Rolling_Stone_Covers_Tributes_To_Leonard_Nimoy from which you can measure the man’s achievement)
What Will You Take From Leonard Nimoy’s Story?
Here’s a YouTube 25 minute conversation where Leonard Nimoy discusses his life and career with Pharrell Williams – it is full of details you probably didn’t know about the man and his many careers – it indicates how courage played a part in his creative process
Living Life Boldly Involves Making A Contribution
There’s a line from the interview which strikes me as important.
In living a full life and achieving success in several fields Leonard Nimoy was concerned with
“Making A Contribution…Having Something To Offer”
His focus was the service he provided to others. He wasn’t hung up with being a TV or Film Star.
His contribution helped inspire science-minded people to pursue their careers. He even got the nerdy, outsider, kids like me feel they had something to contribute. That’s impressive.
What Triggers Your Inspiration?
Thanks to Star Trek re-runs Leonard Nimoy will be challenging people to do more with their lives forever.
What – or who – is it that inspires you when you are ready to get going on a new project? How bold or courageous do you need to feel to get going?
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